Tea Bowl Making & the Tea Ceremony

with Seymour Road Studios’ Guest Potter:

Andy Mason

 

DATESchoose either 10 or 11 March 2018   TIMES: 10am – 4pm
complete with an introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony and some Japanese food to taste!

PRICE: one-day workshop £65 per person

BOOKINGPlease CONTACT US if you have any further questions or to reserve your place.

Making: Andy will introduce and guide you through traditional techniques of hand-making, followed by variety of approaches to surface, enabling you to create a small series of pottery tea bowls.  NB Tea bowls will be made using raku clay so if you can book both this and one of Andy’s Raku firing days, you’ll be well set up to go!

Tea Ceremony: Andy will, at the mid day break, invite you to join him in his own interpretation of the tea ceremony, sharing his enthusiasm for the ancient Japanese tea and pottery traditions.

Lunch: although Andy intends to provide a light buffet of Japanese treats, this should not be relied upon as a full lunch, so please do bring a packed lunch with you.  If time allows we often recommend eating at one of Lady Bay’s excellent eateries (Poppy & PintBread & Butterflies) as an alternative to bringing a packed lunch but, given the added interest of the tea ceremony to our usual making activities, you may find that time is a little short for eating out.

And finally:  NB the quoted price includes a single biscuit firing which will take place at least one week after the event and often later, depending on whether there are enough pots to fill the kiln.  Discuss with Fran how long it will be before you are able to collect your pots after the event.

You may also like to consider booking a place on one of Andy’s Raku firing days here at Seymour Road Studios where you will be able to decorate and fire your pots in the authentic manner.  The making of tea bowls through the pottery technique known as Raku sprang from the aesthetics of 16th century Japanese tea ceremony.  The ‘way of tea’ blends folk art and ritual and is generally performed by a ‘master of tea’. It draws on ancient references from Zen Buddhism which resonate with today’s enlightened ways of thinking such as mindfulness and free expression.

If you are not able to join us for our Raku firing events, you may like to talk to Fran about other glazing options.