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The Teabowl: East and West

The Teabowl: East and West

Author: Bonnie Kemske (Ceramic Review, UK)
$80.00(AUD)  inc GST

The teabowl has become an iconic form in contemporary ceramics. Having travelled from Japan, where it was an inherent part of chanoyu, or tea ceremony, it has evolved and adapted to become something very different in the West. Revered for its associations of its past and its connotations of sophistication and simplicity, the teabowl enjoys an elevated status. Here Bonnie Kemske looks at the form as a whole, considering the history and ideas behind the original tea ceremony,,,how it moved into contemporary ceramics, and the way it is used today. She explores the wide range of teabowls, from the traditional to those being made not for the tearoom but for the gallery, as well as introducing the international potters making them. The book also tackles some difficult questions, notably, how has the concept of the teabowl changed as it has been reinvented in contemporary ceramics? How does it sit in relation to its history? This book is wide in scope, thorough in detail, and essential reading for anyone involved in making or using these tactile objects.

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Teabowls have become an iconic form in ceramics, and this book considers everything from their history to their current status and use, giving examples and insights from many contemporary artists.

Author description

Bonnie Kemske is a professional writer and critic, as well as a ceramic artist with a PhD from the Royal College of Art, UK. She was editor of Ceramic Review from 2010 to 2013, and has contributed articles to many international magazines such as Ceramics: Art & Perception and New Ceramics. In 2013 she curated an exhibition of teabowls at the Embassy of Japan in London.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: the iconic teabowl Chapter 1: tea and the tea ceremony Chapter 2: ceramics history Chapter 3: the teabowl travels Chapter 4: from tearoom to gallery Conclusion: the iconic teabowl - past and present Endnotes Bibliography Index

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General Fields

  • : 9781472585608
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Academic
  • : August 2017
  • : 276mm X 219mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bonnie Kemske (Ceramic Review, UK)
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 160
  • : 100 colour illus