Nomad Tea Ceremony

煎茶道

Senchadō

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Nomad Tea Ceremony | Senchadō
Maple wood
LxWxH: 32x23x13cm
2022

A nomad wooden utensils collection for senchadō  煎茶道 ceremony.

This collection celebrate the simple thing to having a tea outdoors, enjoy the beauty of the landscape, appreciate a fine tea like a gyokuro 玉露茶 with a yōkan 羊羹 and treasuring the unrepeatable nature of this moment.

All pieces are conscientiously hand carved. The tools marks, knots and cracks within the pieces are a reminder, a quest for that fleeting moment where we know how to recognize and appreciate the beauty of impermanent and modest things.

Process

Absolutely no machines or power tools were used, only simple hand tools. Piece slowly hand carved from a same single maple log of a tree that grew in East London, UK (local wood ethically sourced).

Basket woven with the bark of the maple log. The bark was being previously shave with a drawknife directly on the log, then collected with a knife. The bark was cut in long strips then boiled and weave into a basket shape. This traditional weaving technique use the natural property of the bark, when this one dries, it shrinks and locks the weaving.

Cups finished with Fuki-urushi 拭漆, a Japanese traditional laquering technique. Urushi is a natural laquer made with the sap of Toxicodendron vernicifluum trees. Curing the applied sap requires "drying" it in a warm, humid chamber closet for months where the urushiol polymerizes to form a shiny, hard, and waterproof surface.

 

See the different steps of the carving process

P.S.

This wooden tea set is part of the Plant Explorations collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen gallery, London. In February 2022, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of artists and craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. The collection delves into humanity’s ever resourceful and ingenious making traditions with plants.

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