The Teabowl

East and West
Author: Bonnie Kemske
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472585607
Category: Art
Page: 160
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Teabowls have become an iconic form in ceramics, and this book considers everything from their history to their current status and use, giving examples and insights from many contemporary artists.

Handmade Culture

Raku Potters, Patrons, And Tea Practitioners In Japan
Author: Morgan Pitelka
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824828851
Category: Art
Page: 236
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Morgan Pitelka examines raku, one of Japan's most famous arts and a pottery technique practised around the world. He considers four centuries of cultural invention and reinvention during times of both political stasis and socioeconomic upheaval.

A Potter's Book


Author: Bernard Leach
Publisher: Unicorn PressLtd
ISBN: 9781910065167
Category: Art
Page: 300
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When potters throw clay onto a stone, they make a connection across centuries to ancient workshops. The techniques and traditions of these early craftsmen, especially those of China’s Sung dynasty, still inform many of the pottery practices in use today, thanks to the seminal work of Bernard Leach. Leach’s A Potter’s Book was among the first to collect ancient workshop traditions for modern use in studios, emphasizing functional work. It became an immediate hit among potters who embraced its ideal of unity, spontaneity, and simplicity of form. Leach, considered the father of British studio pottery, went on to establish of one of the most respected studios in the world with the ideas of A Potter’s Book at its foundation. With this classic book, potters can learn everything, from how to set up their workshop to how to adapt pigment and glaze recipes to how to design custom kilns. It spotlights four types of pottery: Japanese raku, English slipware, stoneware, and oriental porcelain. Thanks to Leach’s time in Japan and collaborations with master potter Shoji Hamada, it also serves as a fascinating look at the interplay between Eastern and Western art.

Fired with passion

contemporary Japanese ceramics
Author: Samuel J. Lurie,Beatrice L. Chang,Geoff Spear
Publisher: Eagle Art Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 245
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The approximately 150 works included here have been selected from major Japanese institutions and noted Western collections; all are strikingly photographed in full color and represent the greatest modern masterpieces of Japanese ceramic art.

Japanese Tea Culture

Art, History and Practice
Author: Morgan Pitelka
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134535317
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
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From its origins as a distinct set of ritualised practices in the sixteenth century to its international expansion in the twentieth, tea culture has had a major impact on artistic production, connoisseurship, etiquette, food, design and more recently, on notions of Japaneseness. The authors dispel the myths around the development of tea practice, dispute the fiction of the dominance of aesthetics over politics in tea, and demonstrate that writing history has always been an integral part of tea culture.

Japan Style: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics


Author: Gregory Howell,Robert Yellin
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1365969282
Category: Art
Page: 38
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JAPAN STYLE Contemporary Japanese Ceramics. Featuring the works of Kato Takahiko, Hashimoto Machiko, and Tanoue Shinya. This exhibition features works by three contemporary Japanese ceramic artists who have drawn inspiration from not only the diverse ceramic traditions of their country, but have managed to unfold the unique story behind their own passions and values in life. It is this birth of contemporary creativity that enables the artist to draw inspiration from beauty and create powerful works of form and function. Among the 18 objects in this presentation, you will find works associated with Japan's most ancient kilns which have been producing functional stoneware vessels for daily use for nearly a millennium and for the celebrated tea ceremony for 400 years. You will discover tea cups and bowls, flower vases, serving plates, and even an owl, which combine ancient materials and techniques with new forms and styles.

Tea of the Sages

The Art of Sencha
Author: Patricia Jane Graham
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824820878
Category: Art
Page: 259
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The Japanese tea ceremony is generally identified with chanoyu and its bowls of whipped, powdered green tea served in surroundings influenced by the tenets of Zen Buddhism. Tea of the Sages is the first English language study of the alternate tea tradition of sencha. At sencha tea gatherings, steeped green leaf tea is prepared in an atmosphere indebted to the humanistic values of the Chinese sages and the materialistic culture of elite Chinese society during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Although sencha once surpassed chanoyu in popularity, it is now overshadowed by chanoyu, despite the existence of more than a hundred sencha schools throughout Japan. This exceptionally well-illustrated volume explores sencha's philosophy and arts from the seventeenth century to the present. Introduced by Chinese merchants and scholar-monks, sencha first gained favor in Japan among devotees of the Chinese literati. By the early nineteenth century, it had become popular with a wide spectrum of urban and rural residents. Some took up sencha as a subversive activity in opposition to the mandated protocol of chanoyu. Others enjoyed sencha because of its connections with elite Chinese culture, knowledge of which indicated intellectual and cultural refinement. Still others relished it simply as a fine tasting beverage. Sencha inspired painters and poets and fostered major advances within craft industries from ceramics to metalwork and basketry. Sencha aficionados, many of whom became serious connoisseurs of Chinese art and antiquities, hosted some of the earliest public art exhibitions. Tea of the Sages opens with a chronological overview of tea in China and its transmission to Japan before situating sencha within the rich milieu of Chinese material culture available in early modern Japan. Subsequent chapters outline the multifaceted history of the formalization of the sencha tea ceremony, drawing upon sources such as treatises and less formal writings as well as analysis of tea gathering records, utensils and their prescribed arrangements, paintings, prints, and sencha architecture.

The Teahouse Fire


Author: Ellis Avery
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101217528
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
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“Like attending seasons of elegant tea parties—each one resplendent with character and drama. Delicious.”—Maxine Hong Kingston The story of two women whose lives intersect in late-nineteenth-century Japan, The Teahouse Fire is also a portrait of one of the most fascinating places and times in all of history—Japan as it opens its doors to the West. It was a period when wearing a different color kimono could make a political statement, when women stopped blackening their teeth to profess an allegiance to Western ideas, and when Japan’s most mysterious rite—the tea ceremony—became not just a sacramental meal, but a ritual battlefield. We see it all through the eyes of Aurelia, an American orphan adopted by the Shin family, proprietors of a tea ceremony school, after their daughter, Yukako, finds her hiding on their grounds. Aurelia becomes Yukako’s closest companion, and they, the Shin family, and all of Japan face a time of great challenges and uncertainty. Told in an enchanting and unforgettable voice, The Teahouse Fire is a lively, provocative, and lushly detailed historical novel of epic scope and compulsive readability.

Risk & Discovery

The Ceramic Art of Hideaki Miyamura
Author: Destiny McDonald Barletta,Tess Mattern
Publisher: Pucker Gallery
ISBN: 9781879985261
Category: Art
Page: 107
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Hideaki Miyamura is a Japanese-born American studio potter working in New Hampshire. Driven by the pursuit of unusual iridescent glaze finishes through controlled testing and the minimization of chance, the artist is still open to risk and is guided by the mystical and spiritual power of giving life to hidden beauty.

Starship & Haiku


Author: Somtow Sucharitkul
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 9781434450531
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
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The Millennial War left a sullen void where civilization once stood. But then the whales began their song -- a mysterious song that resounded throughout the polluted seas and told an ancient heartbreaking tale that moved the survivors to revive and honored ritual . . .

Contemporary Clay

Japanese Ceramics for the New Century
Author: Joe Earle
Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 101
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An exhibition catalog featuring contemporary Japanese ceramics looks at thirty-five potters and offers fifty examples of their work produced during the last two decades.

Hand Building


Author: Shay Amber
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781600592430
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 128
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Ceramics are always popular with crafters, and hand building with low-fire earthenware is a natural place to start. This book by artist Shay Amber will inspire even the most intimidated beginner.

My Year of Dirt and Water

Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan
Author: Tracy Franz
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press, Inc.
ISBN: 1611729300
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: N.A
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In February 2004, when her American husband, a recently ordained Zen monk, leaves home to train for a year at a centuries-old Buddhist monastery, Tracy Franz embarks on her own year of Zen. An Alaskan alone—and lonely—in Japan, she begins to pay attention. My Year of Dirt and Water is a record of that journey. Allowed only occasional and formal visits to see her cloistered husband, Tracy teaches English, studies Japanese, and devotes herself to making pottery. Her teacher instructs her to turn cup after cup—creating one failure after another. Past and present, East and West intertwine as Tracy is twice compelled to return home to Alaska to confront her mother’s newly diagnosed cancer and the ghosts of a devastating childhood. Revolving through the days, My Year of Dirt and Water circles hard questions: What is love? What is art? What is practice? What do we do with the burden of suffering? The answers are formed and then unformed—a ceramic bowl born on the wheel and then returned again and again to dirt and water.

Things of Beauty Growing

British Studio Pottery
Author: Glenn Adamson,Martina Droth,Simon Olding
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780300227468
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 472
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For nearly a century British potters have invigorated traditional ceramic forms by developing or reinventing techniques, materials, and means of display. Things of Beauty Growing explores major typologies of the vessel--such as bowl, vase, and charger--that have defined studio ceramics since the early 20th century. It places British studio pottery within the context of objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea and presents essays by an international team of scholars and experts. The book highlights the objects themselves, including new works by Adam Buick, Halima Cassell, and Nao Matsunago, featured alongside works by William Staite Murray, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, and others, many published here for the first time. Rounding out the beautifully illustrated volume is an interview with renowned collector John Driscoll and approximately fifty illustrated short biographies of significant makers.

Inside Japanese Ceramics

A Primer of Materials, Techniques, and Traditions
Author: Richard L. Wilson
Publisher: Weatherhill, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780834804425
Category: Art
Page: 190
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This practical and supremely useful manual is the first comprehensive, hands-on introduction to Japanese ceramics. The Japanese ceramics tradition is without compare in its technical and stylistic diversity, its expressive content, and the level of appreciation it enjoys, both in Japan and around the world. Inside Japanese Ceramics focuses on tools, materials, and procedures, and how all of these have influenced the way traditional Japanese ceramics look and feel. A true primer, it concentrates on the basics: setting up a workshop, pot-forming techniques, decoration, glazes, and kilns and firing. It introduces the major methods and styles that are taught in most Japanese workshops, including several representative and well-known wares: Bizen, Mino, Karatsu, Hagi, and Kyoto. While presenting the time-tested techniques of the tradition, author Richard L. Wilson also accommodates modern technologies and materials as appropriate. Wilson has gathered a wealth of information on two fronts—as a researcher of Japanese pottery and art history, and as a potter who has studied and worked for years with master Japanese potters. In his introduction, he provides a short history of Japanese ceramics, and in closing he looks beyond traditional methods toward ways in which Western potters can make Japanese methods their own. Richly illustrated with 24 color plates, over 100 black-and-white photographs, and over 70 instructive line-drawings, Inside Japanese Ceramics is indispensable for potters as well as connoisseurs and collectors of Japanese ceramics. Above all, it is an invitation to participate—to study, make, touch, and use the exquisite products of the Japanese ceramic tradition.

The One Taste of Truth

Zen and the Art of Drinking Tea
Author: William Scott Wilson
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834828545
Category: Philosophy
Page: 256
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Traditionally in China and Japan, drinking a cup of tea was an opportunity for contemplation, meditation, and an elevation of mind and spirit. Here, renowned translator William Scott Wilson distills what is singular and precious about this traditional tea culture, and he explores the fascinating connection between Zen and tea drinking. He unpacks the most common phrases from Zen and Chinese philosophy—usually found in Asia printed on hanging scrolls in tea rooms, restaurant alcoves, family rooms, and martial arts dojos—that have traditionally served as points of contemplation to encourage the appropriate atmosphere for drinking tea or silent meditation. Part history, part philosophy, part inspirational guide, The One Taste of Truth will connect you to the distinctive pleasure of sipping tea and allowing it to transport your mind and thoughts. This beautifully written book will appeal to tea lovers and anyone interested in tea culture, Chinese philosophy, and Zen.

A History of Tea

The Life and Times of the World's Favorite Beverage
Author: Laura C. Martin
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462920039
Category: History
Page: 232
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As the world's most popular beverage, tea has fascinated us, awakened us, motivated us, and calmed us for well over two thousand years. A History of Tea tells the compelling story of the rise of tea in Asia and its eventual spread to the West and beyond. From the tea houses of China's ancient Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the tea ceremonies developed by Japanese Zen Buddhist monks, to the current social issues faced by tea growers in India and Sri Lanka— this fascinating book explores the complex history of this universal drink. It illuminates the industries and traditions that have developed as tea spread throughout the world and it explains how tea is transformed into the many varieties that people drink each day. It also features a quick reference guide on subjects such as proper tea terminology and brewing. Whatever your cup of tea—green, black, white, oolong, chai, Japanese, Chinese, Sri Lankan, American or British—every tea aficionado will enjoy reading A History of Tea to learn more about their favorite beverage.

Enso: The Timeless Circle


Author: John Stevens
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780578003825
Category: Art
Page: 72
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This is the catalogue produced in conjunction with the Enso: The Timeless Circle exhibition held at the Robyn Buntin of Honolulu Gallery in 2008/2009. Enso are the circles used in East Asian Buddhism to visually express Zen teachings on paper with a brush and ink. The Zen circle can represent many things-enlightenment, the universe, perfection, infinity, emptiness, the mind, the moon, enlightenment, and even a tea bowl or a sweet cake. Sixty-two enso are reproduced in color, both the image itself and the full-length of the scroll, with translations and commentary by Prof. John Stevens. The enso paintings date from the 13th century-the oldest enso painting known-to the present, with examples produced in Japan and in the West.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane


Author: Lisa See
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 150116631X
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.