CHADO : The Way Of Tea
CHADO - The Way of Tea
“The Way of Tea is a cult founded on the love of beauty in even the most basic pursuits of our daily life. The philosophy of tea expresses, at the same time as an ethic and a religion, our global concept of man and of nature.” - Okakura Kakuzō
Chado, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, prioritizes the experience of host and guest enjoying a bowl of matcha tea together in a moment intended to be unforgettable and unrepeatable. It is very important that the space is tranquil in order for a Tea Ceremony to be successful. This is dependent on the host, who will make additions to the space such as calligraphy, wood, calligraphy, flowers and ceramics to create the intended atmosphere. It takes a lot of practice to become a tea master, as there are many different elements to the ceremonial presentation of the powdered matcha green tea.
Sen Rikyu reformed the Tea Ceremony in the 16th Century to a philosophical practice and introduced the four key principles of Chado: Wa- harmony, Kei – respect, Sei – purity, and Jaku – tranquillity. Rikyu promoted values within the ‘Way of Tea’ that rejected contemporary obsessions with image and money, ‘Wabi-Sabi.’ Rikyu transformed the space in which Tea Ceremonies were held, from opulent and grand teahouses to small spaces with a small door, forcing all guests to bow and become equal.
Wa (harmony) is prompted through guests connecting with the host, each other and nature through the senses activated through the ceremony and its surroundings. Kei (respect) is brought about for the ceremony itself, as well as others sharing the space and experience. Sei (purity) is the spiritual and physical cleanliness required for the ceremony; the washing before it takes place, and the cleansing of mind and spirit resulting from it. Jaku (tranquillity) is the state and stillness of mind which should occur if the other three principles have been achieved.
We are very excited for our upcoming exhibition, ‘Chado’, which will explore the influence of the Japanese Tea Ceremony on two sets of artists; Popalini & Jezando and Pacha Design. Whilst Popalini & Jezando - Pop Wilkinson and Jez Anderson - collaborate on angular and rustic teapots and teacups, Pacha Design - Glenn Rushbrooke and Samantha Robb - craft wooden trays for the display of teaware. Both collaborative duos are based in Welcombe, Devon, and are inspired by their coastal surroundings. This fusion of Japanese and Southern English techniques results in exciting and breath-taking pieces. Bringing together the works of these exceptional artists, Maud and Mabel will create a special, calming atmosphere and demonstrate how the daily ritual of tea can be elevated with beautiful, simple objects.