TAASA CERAMICS STUDY GROUP, SYDNEY Simplicity of chance: Japanese tea ceramics 12 October 2013 – TAASA Review December 2013


This article was originally found in the December 2013 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 22, Issue 4, Page 30).

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A ceramicist, a tea practitioner and a collector shared their experiences and knowledge of the Japanese tea ceremony with an enthusiastic audience on 12 October at the College of Fine Arts Sydney. Paul Davis shared his experiences with the Saka family from Hagi as an apprentice moving up through the ranks in the family workshop.

His presentation provided many intimate insights of his experiences as a young Australian potter coming to grips with the aesthetic underpinnings in the Japanese tea environment.

The Saka family have worked on the same area of land since the early 1600s and everything they need, including the materials for ceramic production, is obtained from their locality...