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Reflection Tea: 18th Biennial Teapot Exhibition
We all come to the table with different traditions. Some are formalized and others are social customs. Drinking tea has many different adaptations to its culture from the ceremony, to its practice, to its many worldly traditions. Sharing tea culture brings us together and allows us to learn from one another, strengthening our community. Tea Stories: Craft Alliance’s 17th Biennial Teapot Exhibition invites the viewer to explore many different ideas of tea culture.
Tea culture is about being present. We rarely carve time in between the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives to be in the moment with one another. Experiencing tea with a friend is about being patient and sharing. Each tea set assembles a group of objects that all play an important role. It is a service of gratitude and respect.
Artists in this exhibition are asked to share their tea stories with us. What is their culture? What is perhaps traditional and what is a modern adaptation? What is their sacred moment with tea?
Fong Choo and Stefanie Kirkland, co-curators
Fong Choo is a Singapore-born American studio potter and teacher. Choo graduated from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina in 1988, and in 1993 earned a BA in Business and Art at University of Louisville, Kentucky. He has been Adjunct Professor and artist-in-residence at Bellarmine University, Louisville since 1990. He established a studio in Louisville, Kentucky in 1985 and still resides there. Choo has exhibited nationally and awards include numerous national ‘Best in Shows’ and ‘Awards of Excellence’.