Japanese Tea Bowl Workshop

2-PART WORKSHOP: March 30 (2p-5p) & April 13 (2p-4p)

SKILL LEVEL: A basic understanding of working with clay is helpful but not required.

STUDENT MAXIMUM: 12 - class is full as of 3/10/19, but call Austin Pottery if you would like to be on the waiting list.

COST: $95

AT AUSTIN POTTERY, 5442 BURNET ROAD, AUSTIN, TX 78756

TO ENROLL CALL 512-436-8971

Chawan. Tea bowls, called chawan, for Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony, have been made since the 16th century. Although a chawan appears to be a simple bowl for drinking tea, it is often referred to as a “a hand-held universe” with great attention paid to a harmonious interplay of curve, volume, rim and foot and how well it feels in the hands.

Chado, The Way of Tea, is a classical Japanese art that employs many traditional crafts. It is an aesthetic activity that embodies the principles of harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

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Workshop Part 1 -

Saturday 3/30 2-5pm

The workshop will begin with a short version of the Japanese Tea Ceremony to experience the role that the chawan plays in this 400 year old meditative ritual.

Linda Mosley will describe the types of essential characteristics of chawan, and demonstrate traditional Japanese hand-building methods before you make one. Your work will be glaze fired in time for the second part of the workshop: learning to whisk matcha tea.

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Workshop Part 2 -

Saturday 4/13 2-4 PM

Linda will describe more about Chado, The Way of Tea. Participants will learn to whisk matcha tea for each other in the chawan that they made on March 30. All tea, utensils, and Japanese confections will be provided.