A Taste of Tochigi at Onishi Gallery

This past Tuesday, February 7, Onishi Gallery introduced the world to acclaimed and traditional ceramic wares of Tochigi Prefecture with all of New York City. With more than 250 pieces on display, for sale at an affordable price, these works of art are also functional and iconic from traditional artisans who practice Mashiko-yaki, Koisago-yaki and Mikamo-yaki.

Shinpei Fukushima, Akae Bowl, Mashiko ware, 6.7 x 3.5 in. (17 x 9 cm)

During the opening reception, one of the many in attendance was Ambassador Japan Reiichiro Takahashi, Consul General of Japan in New York, and JETRO NY President Hirotoshi Tanaka – who were also both speakers at the event – as well as Director of the Industrial Promotion Division of Tochigi Prefecture, Takao Hiraide. Throughout the duration of this exhibition, ending Saturday, February 11, the Director as well as other representatives from Tochigi Prefecture will be in the gallery space to answer any inquiries guests may have on the ceramic wares as well as offer informative insights on all other aspects of Tochigi.

Some of the pieces that caught my eye were the wares of artisan Noriko Eki, with a set of three glazed porcelain bowls in a beautifully delicate opaque celadon color in various sizes as well as the playful works of Katsumi Inomata, who incorporates animal elements in each piece including a capybara tumbler, with a head and paws on one side and the feet on the other, both examples of Mashiko-yaki, which make up the majority of the exhibited works.

Noriko Eki, Celadon Glaze Porcelain Bowls, Mashiko ware, 8.3 x 2.6 in. (21 x 6.5 cm)
Katsumi Inomata, Hippo Tumbler, Mashiko ware, 3.2 x 4 in. (8 x 10 cm)

Attending this exhibition is a must for anyone who wants to get a true taste of this beautiful prefecture, a popular tourist destination known for its many UNESCO heritage sites such as shrines and temples. And being that the pieces in this exhibit are so affordable, you can also bring a bit of Tochigi home with you! Be sure not to miss this rare opportunity before it’s gone.

Muneaki Iwashita, Color Clay Chattering Bowl, Mashiko ware, varying sizes
Yoshinori Hagiwara, Celadon Glaze Plates, Mashiko ware, varying sizes

Onishi Gallery is located at 521 W 26th Street and is open from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Disclosure: The author is employed by Onishi Gallery.