Toyasai Ohi Exhibition

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art

poster for Toyasai Ohi Exhibition
[Image: Toyasai Ohi "Geometric Black Ceramic Flower Vase" (2018) Ohi Museum Collection]

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The ceramic artist Toyasai Ohi has two aspects: one is a traditional tea ceremony potter, and the other is a plastic artist who leads the contemporary ceramic art world. 355 years old Ohi kiln has been inherited by “Chozaemon Ohi the 10th”, and “Ohi Toshiro” is a master of free modeling with clay. Over the years, he has continued to work in parallel with both of them and now goes by the name of “Toyasai”.

“Kochujitsugekageshi” is a Zen expression that Ohi used as a metaphor for his own pottery making. The phrase “in the pot” refers to a different world, a place where one forgets about time, and the phrase “long days, long months” refers to the fact that many years have passed. The term “nichi getsu chou” means that a long time has passed before one knows it. This phrase can be used to describe Tohjisai’s way of life, as he continued to create his works without a care in the world.

This exhibition consists of three parts. The first part is a comparative exhibition of his early works and the ancient pottery from all over the world that he studied during his career. The second part of the exhibition is designed for a tea ceremony, focusing on the black teaware “Kuko” by Chozaemon Ohi X. The third section features figurative works, focusing on form and pattern. From these three perspectives, the unique expression of Toyasai Ohi will be introduced.



from September 18, 2021 to October 17, 2021


Toyasai Ohi



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