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Ohi Chozaemon X
Ohi Chozaemon X1927 Born as the eldest son of the 9th Ohi Chozaemon
1945 Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
Honorary Citizen of Ishikawa Prefecture and Kanazawa City
Honorary Doctor of Rochester Institute of Technology
Honorary Doctor of Taiwan Tainan National University of Fine Arts
2011 Received The order of Culture Merit by Japanese Emperor
2004 Received the Person of Cultural Merits from the Japanese Government
Member of Japan Art Academy
Chief Executive Director of Contemporary Arts and Crafts Association
President of Ishikawa Prefectural Ceramic Artists Council
Executive Director o Contemporary Arts and Crafts Association
"Ohi Yaki" originated in 1666 in a village in Ishikawa Prefecture and 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 Ohi method is to form the shape by hand, curving off excess bits with a spatula without using a wheel.
At the firing stage, the piece is glazed and put into the kiln. Then the temperature is increased sharply within
a short time, and the piece is taken out while the glaze is melting to cool down rapidly. This method requires
sudden temperature changes, so finding good clay soil is important. The first Chozaemon found the most
suitable soil in Ohi Village which is a suburb of Kanazawa. The name Ohi came from the name of the place.
Since then, this method has been handed down from generation to generation as Ohi Yaki. Most Ohi Yaki is
tea utensils among which tea bowls are most abundant. Its distinctive glaze contrasts beautifully with the powdered
green tea used in tea ceremony.