A native of New York, Milgrim first visited Japan in 1977 as a college student and traveled throughout the country, researching ceramics and Japanese arts. After receiving a degree in Fine Arts and Japanese Studies from Antioch College, Milgrim began a dedicated study of both Japanese pottery and the Japanese tea ceremony while simultaneously apprenticing with Iwabuchi Shigeya, Master Potter in Kyoto and attending the Urasenke school of tea for non-Japanese called Midorikai. Milgrim’s first one-man show was held in Kyoto in 1981. After 3 more years of apprenticeships with Master potters in Hagi, Bizen & Mino in 1984 Milgrim acquired an old house in the village of Yotsuya (1 hour northwest of Kyoto) and built his own kiln. Dr. Sen Genshitsu, the former Grand Master of the Urasenke Tea Tradition, named the kiln Richado-Gama, a truly rare honor as the Chinese characters are not only pronounced the same as Richard’s real name in English, but each of them is inseparably related to who and what Milgrim is and does.