Chanoyu: Ceramic Art in Japanese Tea Ceremony

March 16 – April 7, 2019

Groot Gallery

The Japanese word for the tea ceremony, chanoyu, literally means “hot water for tea.” The ceremony itself is much more than this simple definition – it is a ritualized, secular practice in which tea is prepared and consumed. The ceramics used in this setting include tea bowls, water jars, flower vases, tea caddies. Functional utensils valued for their practicality, the ceramic objects are also artworks admired for their aesthetic qualities. Co-curated by students and faculty from Carleton College and St. Olaf College, Chanoyu: Ceramic Art in Japanese Tea Ceremony highlights historic and contemporary ceramic tea ceremony objects from Flaten Art Museum’s collection. The exhibition explores the historical, cultural, and aesthetic influences within the ceremony, and highlights the diverse ceramic forms utilized in the practice.

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Image courtesy of Flaten Art Museum, Set of Tea Bowls, Japan, date unknown, 2015.12