Ryota AOKI 2

New Ceramics Laboratory Vol. 2

September 10, 2009 - October 10, 2009
September 10 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Bijoux is a work first created by Aoki when he spent a half year studying at the LEcole des arts decoratifs in Geneva. Bijoux, in French a "jewel," is a white porcelain work produced from a mold shaped like 2 joined bowls. Its surface has the velvety soft texture of a baby skin. Each piece is finished by boldy cutting away a part of the original to creat a unique work. Aoki infuses the clay with a special glaze he has developed after long study, then in the kiln the glaze is slowly forced out of the clay to coat the snow white porcelain. Bijoux's secret is its ability to combine an icing flower-like fragility and jewel-like solidity.
For hie second act, Aoki has used the interplay between large and small Bijoux to turn the Gallery into an ethereal space that feels as though one had wandered into a new dimension.