In 1666 a Raku ware kiln was established by Haji Chozaemon in Ohi Village near Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. He took Ohi as the family name. Raku and Ohi wares are similar in that they are shaped and carved by hand and not thrown on a potter's wheel. They are, for the most part, tea bowls and predominantly red, black or yellow-brown.
Ohi Chozaemon IX was born in Kanazawa and worked in his father's studio after completing the ceramics course at Ishikawa Prefectural Industrial School. Studies in Zen Buddhism at Empukuji Temple in Kyoto may have influenced his work. His tea bowls are included in the collection of the Imperial Household.