Join Mr. Ohi as he discusses ideas behind Japanese pottery art and how spirituality and culture influence Japanese craftsmanship (kogei こうげい) as well it’s relation to the tea ceremony.
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 3:30 pm
Price: FREE with paid museum admission
Location: Morikami TheaterIntroduction Video
Mr. Toshio Ohi, Chozaemon XI is the 11th generation head of his family’s lineage of potters known for a type of “Raku Yaki”.
Besides exhibiting works of pottery, Kogei and other genres, he has also pursued wide-ranging activities such as showing furniture design at Milano Salone in Italy and creating his own brand in China, ‘Si Ji Fang Tu’ (Chinese for ‘rich soil of 4 seasons’), which imparts a fresh new style to ancient traditions of Jingdezhen and Yixing such as ‘porcelain’ and ‘purple sand’ (a type of local colored clay called zisha [purple sand] in Chinese). Also, after the opening of the Hokuriku Bullet train/Shinkansen, he supervised the interior design of Kanazawa Station and the interior and exterior design of tour buses. As heir to the tradition of the Ohi-yaki pottery family, but also as a contemporary artist, he engages in wide-ranging activities in Japan and internationally. In addition, he gives his energies to planned exhibitions and publicly sponsored exhibitions aimed at expanding the Kogei concept, and he also focuses on training young artists.
His art works have been collected by David Rockefeller Office (NY, USA), Rothschild (Sweden), The Huntington Library of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA), Detroit Institute of Arts (USA), Musée National de Céramique de Sèvres (Paris, France), Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum (Jiangsu Province, China), Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taiwan), and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Japan).