Sunday, August 18, 2013
Join us for a Japanese Tea Ceremony with Margaret Price, in conjunction with the Australian Creative Exchange exhibition Meeting Place: The Asian Century.
Tea ceremony is a practice in mindfulness that uses a menu of sensory stimuli to jog one back to one's centre again and again. The world of objects is a big part of this.
The ceramic tea bowl, the lacquered tea caddy, the iron kettle, the bamboo tea scoop, the hanging scroll, and flowers in baskets or containers of bronze are chosen to delight - better still to arouse deep emotion in the guests with their beauty or ‘whimsy’. The tea host is at great pains to harmonise all elements to tell a subtle story that keeps the guests fully engaged in this unusual moving meditation.
In this collaboration Margaret Price will only use tea utensils made by ceramicist Michaela Kloeckner dealing with the universal theme of love – meeting of two souls.
A talk about the importance of the harmony of tea utensils (bowl, water jar, incense burner, sweets dish, vase, spoon rest) will follow at 3.00pm.
Margaret Price practised tea ceremony for 23 years in Japan and now teaches on the Gold Coast. www.japaneseteaencounters.com.au
This event is presented in conjunction with the Australian Creative Exchange exhibition Meeting Place: The Asian Century.