利茶土ミルグリム 絵志野半筒茶碗 milgrim, richard e-shino half cylindrical bowl

利茶土ミルグリム 1955(昭和30) -

大学時代に日本の茶陶と出会い、来日して日本の窯元を巡る。 その後、京都、萩焼(山口県)、備前焼(岡山県)、美濃焼(岐阜県)の窯元で陶芸を修業する。

1985年 京都府日吉町にて築窯。当時十五代裏千家御家元千宗室氏(現大宗匠)により「利茶土窯」と命名される。 以後、日本をはじめ、世界中で展覧会を開催。
2005年 ホームページを開設。
2007年 講談社より「茶陶家 利茶土ミルグリム 作品集」を刊行。
2014〜2015年 利茶土窯三十周年記念展を3回に分けて開催する。
2019年 40周年記念展を「大阪美術倶楽部」と、大徳寺塔頭「聚光院」にて開催する。

My first encounter with ceramics began as a college freshman in the early 70's. The following year, after changing schools I was first introduced to Japan and it's pottery traditions. From that point on my life has been firmly focused on the unique culture of Japan and in particular "CHANOYU", known as The Way of Tea.
Since 1977 on my first arrival in Kyoto, I have been blessed with an unending flow of "deai" (encounters) that have almost been like stepping stones on the garden path, leading me into the innermost depths of the field of "Chatou" (tea ceramics).
Undoubtedly the most significant "deai" was meeting Dr. Sen Genshitsu (the former 15th generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Tea Tradition), in 1979. With his guidance and endorsement over the years, including the naming of my 2 studios in both Japan-RICHADO-GAMA, and America- KONKO-GAMA, Dr. Sen has been the primary catalyst in the development of my career over the past 40 years.
(below you can read his words, along with others, as well as an in-depth history of my career)