March 14, 2011, Monday 10 am – 4 pm
Japanese master artists, Tsujimura Shiro and Suzuki Goro along with American artists Richard Milgrim and Jeff Shapiro, will demonstrate throwing the teabowl while discussing its aesthetic and philosophical relevance to the tea ceremony. This event is one feature of a weekend of events celebrating the tea bowl (March 12 – 14th) in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts, Japan Society – Boston and the Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA.
About the Weekend: Historically, the tea bowl has been a symbol for the aesthetic that pervades the tea ceremony within Eastern culture exhibiting unpretentious beauty, humility and dignity within this simple ceramic form. Since the appreciation of the world of tea has grown and the number of American ceramicists making tea bowls has increased, this comprehensive series of events address the role of the tea bowl as both a ceremonial vessel and three-dimensional art form in the wake of the artistic exchange between East and West.
The weekend begins with an exhibition of tea bowls at the Lacoste Gallery on Saturday, March 12th featuring 12 Japanese artists and 14 American artists. On Sunday, March 13th, the Museum of Fine Arts will invite international scholars and artists to discuss the history and philosophy of tea and utensils and their place within contemporary society, addressing specifically the aesthetic translation of Japanese sensibilities by American ceramicists. The weekend will conclude at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard with a day of demonstrations and lectures by two Japanese master artists, Tsujimura Shiro and Suzuki Goro, joined by American ceramic artist Richard Milgrim and event organizer and American ceramic artist Jeff Shapiro. Participants will engage first hand in viewing the tea bowls being created on the wheel or carved by hand, while hearing each artist discuss the influences and progression of their own artwork.
Fees: Free for Harvard Undergraduates and Graduate students, $45 for first time general public, $35 for all others.
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