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2 Day Raku Tea Bowls Workshop and Japanese Tea Ceremony

with Ember Vincent Ceramics and Keiko Uchida

Sun 20 November 2022 - Sun 27 November 2022

This workshop is now sold out, however you can join Keiko Uchida for a Japanese Tea Ceremony and workshop on Sunday 27 November for £35.

Two-day Raku workshop and tea ceremony
Sun 20 November: 10am – 1:30pm
Sun 27 November: 10am – 2:45pm

Tickets include all materials and lunch on Sunday 27 November

The Workshop

In this very special 2-part workshop you will have the opportunity to make beautiful handmade ceramic raku-fired tea bowls using a traditional Japanese method. The decoration of these the following week will take inspiration from Shoji Hamada’s work. Ember will also talk about the raku lineage, its roots in the Tea Ceremony and the relevance of Shoji Hamada in bringing raku to England.

On the second day of the workshop, you will experience the exciting and very specialised process of raku firing your tea bowls in an outdoor kiln under Ember’s expert tuition.

Later in the afternoon, participants will take part in a Japanese tea ceremony with tea master Keiko Uchida. You will learn about the history and philosophy of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, as well as the benefits of matcha tea, all using traditional Japanese tea equipment which is rarely seen outside of Japan. You will be able to make a cup of matcha tea in your raku bowl, using high-grade matcha imported from Kyoto’s very best tea maker.

This Raku workshop and tea ceremony promises to be a unique, and unforgettable experience.

The Workshop Leaders

Ember Vincent

Ember Vincent has been a ceramicist for 25 years, specialising in hand building and raku firing – a term used to describe the process of removing ceramics from the kiln whilst red hot and plunging into sawdust creating unique effects. In 2016 she travelled to Japan to research the origins of raku, which has informed her work since. She is a member of the Sussex Guild and teaches and exhibits regularly.

Keiko Uchida

Keiko has been practising the Japanese tea ceremony for over 25 years. Her mother is a Kimono specialist and her late father developed traditional tea rooms for his clients. She started practising the tea ceremony as a way of understanding traditional Japanese culture. Since then, studying and practising the tea ceremony has become a major part of her life’s work, and her mission is to introduce the art of tea to global audiences. She regularly runs Japanese tea ceremony workshops for both large corporations and private clients at her London tea room.

Shōji Hamada: A Japanese Potter in Ditchling runs 22 October 2022 – 16 April 2023 

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