Join the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, D.C., in cooperation with the Onishi Gallery in New York, for our spring exhibition of Japanese kōgei (artisan crafts) – metalwork, ceramics, glass & lacquerware – including over 40 works by artists certified as Living National Treasures and other masters.
To open this exhibition of unique and meticulous craftsmanship, master ceramicist 11th Chozaemon Ohi will present a lecture on Japanese art the evening of April 5, 2016.
To open the Japanese Kōgei exhibition, master ceramicist Ohi Chozaemon XI (Toshio Ohi) will present a special lecture on use of kōgei in tea ceremony, the subtlety of Japanese aesthetics via wabi-sabi, and Zen philosophy as reflected in kōgei craft wares.
Toshio Ohi inherited an artistic tradition that dates back to the 17th century when the first Ohi ware potter began crafting ceramic work near Kanazawa for tea ceremony. Made of soft clay and fired at low temperatures, Ohi pieces are prized for their beautiful shapes and luster with a trademark amber glaze.
Registration is free and required to attend the opening event. No registration is required to visit the exhibition during regular hours. The exhibition will be open to the public, 9:00AM-5:00PM, Monday through Friday.
The opening event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes. Doors open 30 minutes prior to screening and will close once seating is full or promptly at 7:00pm. Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.