Ceremonial Vessel “Sonsu – Mother Earth,” 2017; ceramic; h. 9 3/4 x w. 16 x d. 7 1/2 in. (24.8 x 40.8 x 19.2 cm)


Ōhi White Ceremonial Vessel Hakobune 02 (Noah’s Ark 02), 2007, stoneware, h. 12 3/8 x w. 7 1/4 x d. 6 3/4 in. (31.5 x 18.3 x 17 cm)


Ōhi Ceremonial Vessel Sonsu 02 (Reverence 02), 2014, stoneware, h. 10 7/8 x w. 26 5/8 x d. 12 5/8 in. (27.5 x 67.5 x 32 cm)


Flower Vase with Copper Glaze, 2014, stoneware, h. 14 1/4 x dia. 8 in.


Footed Plate, 2013, stoneware, h. 15 1/4 x w. 13 1/4 x d. 14 in. (13.5 x 34 x 36 cm)


Ōhi Black Tea Bowl with Copper Glaze, 2014, stoneware, h. 3/4 x dia. 5 1/4 in.


Ōhi Amber Tea Bowl, 2014, stoneware, h. 3 1/2 x dia. 5 1/4 in.

Ohi Toshio (b. 1958)

Ohi Toshio inherited an artistic tradition that dates back to 1666, when the first Ohi ware potter began crafting ceramic works near Kanazawa for the tea ceremony. Toshio is the eleventh generation of this historic lineage. He shows the characteristically lustrous effects of Ohi ware in bowls and other items for the tea ceremony and in a vast range of other works, both utilitarian and purely artistic.
A native of Kanazawa, Ohi earned a master’s degree in fine art from Boston University. While he learned new expressions of ceramics during his studies in the United States, he became more consciously aware of the unique beauty and character of Japanese pottery and the practice of tea or chanoyu. In addition, the opportunities of artist residencies, teaching and lecturing in China, Taiwan and South Korea, enabled him to develop his own perspective and comprehension of his family’s multi-generational heritage of Ohi ware.
In recent years, his works have embraced the traditional characteristics of Ohi ware while subtly asserting the individual character and stamp of their creator. His sharp forms and nuanced colors realized in his recent works are the result of both the long Ohi ware tradition and the artist’s inspirational journeys to sites all over the world.

Ohi Toshio (b. 1958) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

Asia Week, New York, US
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
Japanese Kōgei: Future Forward, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, US
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
Art Crafting towards the Future, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

Selected Public Collection

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, US; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, US; Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland; Design Museum Gent, Belgium; Sèvres Ceramics Museum, Sèvres, France; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, US; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan


Studied under father, Chozaemon X
Served as artist in residence at Boston University
Served as visiting associate professor at Rochester Institute of Technology
Served as instructor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
Japanese Contemporary Craft, Onishi Gallery, New York