Book Launch: The Teabowl: East and West
25 July 2017, London
By Dr Bonnie Kemske
Published by Bloomsbury (Hardbound)
In this talk, Dr Bonnie Kemske, author of the new book The Teabowl: East & West, will look at the context of the teabowl as it arose in chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, and the changes it has undergone through the centuries.
Images of famous teabowl styles, such as Raku and Oribe, will be shown with discussion about the production techniques employed and the cultural settings in which such legendary teabowls were created. Moving forward to the twentieth century, when this iconic ceramic form travelled from Japan to Europe and the Americas, Dr Kemske will explore the effects of taking the teabowl out of its chanoyu context. She will also consider the losses and gains made when contemporary studio ceramicists appropriated the form, both inside and outside Japan. She will articulate the present-day potter’s love of the form, and ask the question, ‘Are contemporary teabowls still teabowls?’, suggesting that many of these new, non-traditional teabowls still carry a sense of the totemic nature of the form, the veneration in which it is held, and the many layers of meaning it conveys.
The hardbound edition of The Teabowl: East and West will be available for £35 at this event.