If ever there was a tea ceremony crafted with the utmost care, thoughtfulness, and deep respect for this ancient tradition, it is the upcoming ceremony at the Luxury Home & Design Show.
A teahouse will be built specifically for this ceremony by an architect whose use of light and nature uplifts the human spirit. The pottery ware is crafted by a master in Taiwan who spent six years painstakingly perfecting a traditional technique to create his now much-desired collections. From his humble kiln to luxury auction houses, Master Tian’s pottery is sought by collectors worldwide.
The tea itself is grown by a master who draws inspiration from the very pillars of ancient Asian culture.
Architect Imu Chan has put his whole heart into the pavilion design, outlining in a diary series for Taste of Life magazine his journey of inspiration. His descriptions are tantalizing — for example, he writes that he will build, “a roof that is not a roof, but a firmament, a glowing vault.”
Master Tian will create a collection specifically for the tea ceremony, and guests will depart with these precious vessels to cherish at home for a lifetime.
In Master Tian’s workshop, the quality standard is so high that he keeps only the best 30 out of some 300 pieces he puts in his kiln at a time — even though he has put his heart into each, staying with them day and night to keep the perfect temperature in the kiln.
He uses risky techniques that can easily ruin the pottery if he isn’t incredibly vigilant, but the successful results are of superlative beauty.
“You have to use it — don’t just display it,” he says. “Then you can see it constantly changing and understand it.” It is meant to be experienced with tea — its textures and other properties intermingle with the tea and are part of the sensory experience.
The famous Taiwanese tea master, Cai Yizhe, has cultivated his organic tea plantation with the principles of traditional Chinese culture in heart. He feels the pesticides and fertilizers used in modern times destroy the properties of tea long appreciated in China.
He gathered the wisdom of tea farmers, finding the great variety of teas perfectly suited to certain elevations and local growing conditions. “I asked them to recall the tea their grandfathers grew,” he says. The fruits of his labor will be ours to savor at the tea ceremony.
Behind this ceremony is not only the creative vision of these three skillful artists. There is also the heart and hard work of those who help carry out that vision, like Rob Prado of Prado Construction. Prado’s philosophy is that a project will succeed when built a strong relationship with clients and collaborators. That spirit of cooperation is helping build a pavilion that will hold within it an exceptional experience.
This pavilion can only host a limited number of guests. Reserve your place by clicking the button below.
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