Cha-no-yu, which translates simply as hot water for tea is know by many as the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The academic argument over calling this practice of preparing tea a 'ceremony' or not is something best left for another time. Lets simply say that those that study and practice this art form refer to it as cha-no-yu, whilst many in Japan will also call it Chado or Sado (the way of tea) and the western world calls it the Tea Ceremony.
I first became interested in cha-no-yu as a teenager and was then able to study and practice the Urasenke tradition whilst teaching English in Japan with The Project Trust after finishing high school. Whilst there I achieved the first level licence and fell in love with the way of tea.
It has taken over a decade, and several career paths, to come back to dedicate myself to the study and practice of cha-no-yu. After picking up my utensils once again in summer (2017) I switched to study in the Ueda Sōko tradition of tea, a Samurai school of tea from Hiroshima.
I study under the tutelage of Adam Sōmu Wojciński, a direct disciple of the 16th Grandmaster of the Ueda Sōko tradition of Cha-no-yu. The study of Cha-no-yu is a lifelong pursuit in which one is continuously learning and developing, as with any art form.
In pursuit of a moment in a bowl of tea.
Hold a Tea Ceremony
A Tea Ceremony is a great way to entertain guests, add an authentic Japanese touch to an event, exhibition or cultural experience.
I offer demonstrations as stand alone or with an interactive 'make a bowl of matcha' session.
A Tea Ceremony is also suitable as a performance art piece.
Please contact me to book a tea ceremony.
By its very nature, the performance of a temae (the practice of making tea in the Tea Ceremony) is a very meditative proces. For the person preparing tea and for guests or viewers.
I'm considering offering private or group, online or in person meditations. Please get in touch if you're interested.
The practice of Cha-no-yu involves the appreciation, study and knowledge of many utensils, one of the most important being ceramics. My studies at SOAS led me to study ceramics in more depth and I have a particular interest in the relationship between the potter, the item itself and the person who uses it.
In addition to collecting a variety of ceramics for use in my Cha-no-yu practice, I frequently commission and work with contemporary potters to create pieces for use in Tea Ceremony. I work with potters both to create pieces for myself as well as developing their practice in respect of pieces for use in Tea Ceremony, with the Cha-wan or tea bowl being that most often produced. Aside from appropriating beautiful ceramics for use in Cha-no-yu I feel that it is important for potters creating pieces especially for Tea Ceremony to be able to understand something of the features, use and handling of the piece when it is in the context o Japanese Tea Ceremony. To this end I enjoy working with potters to adjust and enhance pieces aimed at use in Tea Ceremony as well as more in depth sessions with potters to achieve a deeper understanding of the piece in this context.
I'm interested in working with established and emerging potters to create pieces for use in cha-no-yu as well as other teaware. Feel free to get in touch if you'd be interested in learning more, collaborating or even just for a chat.