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A richly textured Shigaraki Uzukumaru Tsubo decorated with a single drip of charred green glaze by representative Shigaraki artist Sugimoto Sadamitsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The entire piece is covered in crustaceous pale ash, a single lick of flame colored earth rising up the back. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Sadamitsu was born in Tokyo in 1935. He established his own kiln at 33, receiving the kiln name from his mentor Daitokuji priest Tachibana Oki Roshi. His Zen studies have refined the spiritual side of his work, and all of his wood fired ceramics have a quiet and confident power. He has spent his life in the research of kohiki, Shigaraki Iga and Raku wares, and is more than well known in tea circles for the discriminating soul of his works. For more information on this artist see the book Fired with passion : contemporary Japanese ceramics ISBN 1-891640-38-0.