The works of Hoshino Kayoko and Satoru, a husband-and-wife team of Japanese ceramic artists, are as different as night and day. Their contrasting pieces are on display at Joan B Mirviss LTD in the exhibit MOON ⊙ SUN Ceramic Sculpture by HOSHINO Kayoko and Satoru.
Kayoko’s clay takes on an almost wood-like texture, and the platinum and silver glazes add a reflective quality. Bowls seem pulled from the ground with her use of subdued earth tones, and Kayoko twists her sculptures to give them powerful edges.
Satoru’s pieces are more organic. His vessels look like living coral with pools of water and algae left behind by waves. Vases and tea bowls have bold colors in distinct opposition with his wife’s works.
Yet the pieces play beautifully together in the setting of Joan B Mirviss LTD, a space that is obviously influenced by Japanese aesthetics but doesn’t make you feel as if you’ve left New York.
According to Joan B. Mirviss, proprietor of the gallery and an expert in Japanese ceramics and antiques, MOON ⊙ SUN has been well received. Mirviss says that as of Monday, 80 percent of the ceramics on display have been sold, only one week after the opening reception.
MOON ⊙ SUN Ceramic Sculpture by HOSHINO Kayoko and Satoru runs through May 25. Joan B Mirviss LTD is located at 39 East 78th Street, 4th Floor. For more information, visit the gallery’s website.