The World of  OHI Chozaemon Pottery by the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art The World of  OHI Chozaemon Pottery by the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art

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The World of OHI Chozaemon Pottery by the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art

$45.00

Age:Contemporary

Dimensions: 8-1/4”w x 11-3/4”h  

This exceptional softcover catalog is written in Japanese and features beautiful color images of Ohi Chozaemon pottery. Following is an overview of the Ohi endeavors and works found in this publication. The Ohi family and its wares are indeed closely related to Raku. The first Ohi potter, Donyu, was the son of Raku III, and apprenticed to the fourth Raku master, Ichinyu. In Kanbun 6 (1666), Lord Maeda established the kiln under the guidance of Urasenke tea master Sen Soshitsu in the hamlet of Ohi, Ishikawa Prefecture. The first Ohi potter took the name Chozaemon. Like Raku, Ohi is the name of a family as well as a style of pottery. 

As might be expected, most of the Ohi kiln output was chadogu (tea wares) in forms reminiscent of Raku pottery -- high-walled, rounded chawan. Both styles never use a potter's wheel but are all made either by a coil method or a carving-out technique. Ohi Ohi-Ware was developed for use in the tea ceremony. Made of soft clay and fired at low temperatures, Ohi pieces are prized for their beautiful shapes and luster.

The first six generations produced wares exclusively for the Maeda clan and it wasn't until the seventh generation (1834-1894) that the kiln produced wares for the general public. Due to shifts in national politics, the Ohi family lost the Maeda lords' patronage and their fortunes took a downward turn. To ensure their survival, the Ohi family had to adopt an outside potter, Nara Rikichi. 

It was Chozaemon IX who was successful in bringing the embers back up to a bright and prosperous glow. Toshio (see top photo), the grandson of Chozaemon IX, was born in 1958 and makes all kinds of wares, not only for tea but also for the table, as well as large wall murals. 

Condition: Excellent softcover catalog, new condition, and unbroken spine.