Kōgei: Japanese Traditional Arts Exhibition

Part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

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.

Exhibition Opening

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.


As the 11th generation head of this historic family lineage, Toshio Ohi incorporates the multi-generational heritage of Ohi ware while subtly asserting his individual character. Born in Kanazawa, Japan, Ohi XI graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Boston University in 1984. He has won prestigious awards from the Japanese government, to include most recently the Prime Minister of Japan Prize at the 54th Japan Contemporary Craft Exhibition in 2015, and has displayed his collections throughout Japan, the U.S., South America, Europe, and Asia.

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