Sugimoto Sadamitsu (b. 1935) is one of the most important Shigaraki potters alive today and continues to create master works into his old age. Originally a resident of Tokyo, he moved to Shigaraki when he was 33, where he started creating high-quality tea implements and soon became famed for his exquisite tea bowls fashioned in the style of early Raku masters. He is an ordained monk and devotee of Zen, and a lover of tea. Bearing these identities, Sugimoto’s tea wares are meditative, thoughtful and beautiful in glaze and form. Sugimoto is able to create tea bowls that are not just attractive, pleasant to hold in the hand and a joy to drink from, he also produces pieces that subtly transform the spaces they inhabit. A true master of his craft, his work has been widely exhibited in Japan and in the US and has won a number of awards. Today his works are held in collections around the world including: The Tokyo National Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Pavilion for Japanese Art.