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  • September 20, 2019

    Tetsuya Ozawa Solo Exhibition at Mjölk

    Last night we hosted Tetsuya Ozawa in his first solo exhibition in North America.

    Visit the Mjölk webshop to see what is available.

     

    Ceramic works in black, white, dark red and yellow, with texture that you need to see in person. To learn more about the artist, please see our interview. Exhibition will run until mid-October.

     

     

    The large black piece on the right is the only one not on the webshop. We regret it is available for local sale only because it's too fragile to ship.

     

    There is a lot of variety in scale, from small cups to large vases.

     

     

     

     

    Visit the Mjölk webshop to see what is available.

     

    All greenery and floral arrangements by Reiko @momentbyreiko

  • July 25, 2019

    Yumi Nakamura Exhibition

     

     

     

     

    Last Wednesday evening we were thrilled to host Yumi Nakamura's first solo exhibition in North America.

    We've been in contact for four years and have been patiently waiting for her work to make it's way to us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The copper funnels on the top of the shelf are both functional and sculputural with their conical shape. 

     

     

    Yumi-San brought some of her personal pieces to show how the copper will patina with use. 

     

     

    Yumi begins with a flat piece of copper and hand hammers it into shape.

    The white pieces are plated in silver and glazed to achieve the milk-white finish.

    Look closely and you will see the repeated hammer marks that reveal beautiful texture to her work.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hand-hammered copper kettles displayed on the long teak shelf.  

     

     

     

     Featured above is a silver glazed teapot with rattan handle and plate, along with a nickel and silver spoon.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Close-up of the tea pot used during the tea ceremony.  We love the beautiful blue indigo cloth that Satoe brought along with her!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These hand-hammered silver bowls have a lovely thin handle. They are also footed which gives

    them a floating-like appearance. 

     

     

     

     

    Yumi was joined by Satoe Moriya who performed tea ceremonies throughout the night.

     
     

     

    On the left: Tools from Yumi's personal collection used by Satoe. 

    Note the patina developed on hers compared the tea pot on the right.

    Over time her pieces will darken and patina with use.

     

     

    The exhibition will remain up for another week. Please visit us to see the beautiful work in person!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
  • August 27, 2018

    Norihiko Terayama Exhibition: Things that were arranged

    For years people have admired Norihiko Terayama's large scale flower artwork in our showroom. It was time for another visit from Norihiko and this time he brought with him some versions of this artwork to sell in his second solo exhibition at Mjölk. Unfortunately we are nervous to ship these pieces outside of Toronto, due to their fragility but there are some smaller pieces available here.

     


    Along with the framed works, there were flower interventions on found objects and antiques.

     

    Antique wooden bucket with floating flowers.

     

    Lidded urushi bowl with floating flowers (one left).

     

    Antique Lacquerware container with floating flowers.

     

    We had three flower rulers available as well. Turns out Norihiko has a few more back in Japan that he will send us. Please email us if you are interested. 

     

    Most of the Polygons sold at the event. There are a few beauties left. 

     

    Crust of Polygon, Object 1

     

    Crust of Polygon, Object 2

     

    Crust of Polygon, Object 3

     

    The opening reception was a lovely evening. It's always so heartwarming how engaged everyone is.

     

    Norihiko Terayama at Mjölk.

  • May 17, 2018

    Non-Finito Exhibition

     

    On Thursday, May 17 we hosted Brian Richer of Castor with his first solo stone carving exhibition at Mjolk.  The show runs until the end of the month so pop by in person if you can! Otherwise, here's a little pictoral overview of the show.

     

    Non-Finito Vase, limestone - $700 (edition of 3 - for brevity we are using the term edition to mean there will be a maximum quantity made, though they aren't technically an edition because they are made by hand)

     

    On the left is a wood stand holding Brian's tools, which Brian made himself. 

     

    Non-Finito Bowl - $700 (limestone, edition of 3)

     

    Close up of tools.

     

    Brian's handmade tools on the left.
    We also left some of our antiques in the mix, as they complimented the stone work beautifully.

     

     

    Non-Finito Alabaster Cube - $975 (edition of 1) and the only piece made of alabaster.

     

     

     

    Non-Finito Copper Bowl - $1200 (edition of 1)

     

    Close up: Brian grew the copper onto the marble bowl.

     

    Non-Finito Tall Flower Vase - $2400 (limestone, edition of 3)

     

    Non-Finito Stool - $2400 (limestone, edition of 3)

     

    Non-Finito Shaker Table - $5400 (limestone, edition of 3)

     

    "There's a Judd in that stone!" - $5400 (limestone, edition of 3)

     

    The stone carver: Brian Richer

     

    The night of the opening was so much fun. New and familiar faces turned up to see the work, enjoy a cold Ace Hill beer and some truly lovely Japanese inspired stew made by Matty Matheson. Thank you Matty for the food and your time serving and chatting with all the guests. Unfortunately I neglected to get a photo...too busy enjoying the evening. Check out the highlight reel on the @mjolkshop instagram.

     

    Finally, a shout out to Ace Hill brewery for supplying our beverages for the evening.