My cousin Richard Milgrim and I separately ended up in Japan, I for 22 years, he for 40. My grandfather, Ira Knobel and Richard’s grandmother, the well-known dress designer, Sally Milgrim, were siblings.
Richard holds the distinction of being the only non-Japanese person to reach the heights of the tea ceramics artist world.
From the Artist
Richard Milgrim describes how he created one of his tea ceramics pieces and how his work is a bridge between the US and Japan.
A Silent Video Sweep of the Exhibit
Please scroll down for photos from the event.
October 25 – October 31
Mitsukoshi Department Store NihonBashi Honkan (main bldg) 6F
10:30AM-7:30PM (5PM Closing on 10/31)
日本に出会って40年 利茶土の茶陶 2017
会場 日本橋三越本店 本館6階 美術特選画廊
Richard writes on his website:
I can hardly believe 40 years have past since I first journeyed to Japan in 1977!
It is hard to estimate the extent to which my life has been enriched while pursuing a career in the field of tea ceramics here in Japan.
Moving along this path creating new works for tea, I strive to imbue my pieces with a feeling of gratitude towards Daisōshō and all the wonderful people I have been fortunate enough to encounter in the world of tea.
After 40 years immersed in my research of the traditions of tea ceramics it is particularly meaningful to see that most of the current works for this exhibition are actually my original glazes, combinations & styles that have evolved over the years. Chabai-yū, (Tea Ash glaze), born from ash from the finest tea trees of Uji in my beloved Kyoto. Konko-yū, (Concord glaze), originating from my former American studio outside Boston, as well as its use in conjunction with Seto Guro-yū (Black Seto glaze), a pairing that creates a ceramic bridge between the US and Japan. In addition, another unique style from my early days in clay (pre-Japan), which I call America RAKU, incorporating an American glaze on Japanese clay to form another “ceramic bridge” between the US and Japan, not to mention my interpretations of Red & Black Oribe wares.
I truly believe that simply by holding and using a tea bowl you can experience a sense of joy and peacefulness that can enrich ones life. I sincerely hope you will be able to feel one of these “chawan” personally, while sharing a bowl of tea in the gallery. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Some of the Tea Ceramics by Richard Milgrim on Display at Mitsukoshi NihonBashi
Richard Milgrim and his Wife Mari Showing Exhibition Visitors his Tea Ceramics
Enjoying the Tea Ceremony at Richard Milgrim’s Tea Ceramics Exhibition
Please forgive my clothing. I needed to go directly from this event to the airport to fly back to Kauai.
My friend Ryoko and her friend Satoshi were with me at the event.
Memory Shots with My Relatives and my Friend Ryoko
If you missed this exhibit but would like to see Richard Milgrim’s work in person, you can visit one of the two galleries in Kyoto that display them.