Thick ash covers the squat form of this exquisite traditionally shaped tsubo by Sugimoto Sadamitsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Uzukumaru Tsubo and annotated by Tea Master Tachibana Daiki of Daitokuji Temple. One can easily see how a traditional Zen master would wish to associate his name with the work. Like the answer to a Zen Koan, the piece appears to have always been there. It is amorphic, clothed in such a thickness of ash and coal that it appears to have formed that way over a millennia. Like some cave formation millions of years old. It shows the true mastery of Sadamitsu over kiln placement and firing technique.
Size, D 20 cm (8 inches) H 21.5 cm (8-1/2 inches)
Sugimoto Sadamitsu was born in Tokyo in 1935. A strong adherent to the Zen tradition, Sadamitsu established his own kiln at 33, receiving the kiln name from his mentor Daitokuji priest Tachibana Oki. 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.
Tachibana Daiki (1898-2005) born in Osaka, entered the Buddhist orders at Nansoji. He later moved to Myoshinji in Kyoto where he received Inka. He would go on to serve as the 511th abbot of Daitokuji, and be given the reins of Nyoian in Tokusenji, a subtemple of Daitokuji. He would serve as head of Hanazono University and was a strong proponent of The Way of Tea.