Chinese Tea Ceremony with Masanobu Ando 11/24 and 11/25
Celebrated Japanese ceramicist, Masanobu Ando, is returning to Tortoise for a two-day tea and ceramics event.
Living in Tajimi, Japan – in Gifu prefecture – Ando creates ceramics pieces that are atypical of traditional ceramic ware. Known for rejecting the use of the wheel, Ando practices a technique called tatara, a technique where sheets of clay are molded together into a single, solid shape. His glazing technique also creates a surface and metallic appearance that resembles silver rather than clay, with some of his sculptural pieces evoking rusted pipes or sheets of steel.
In addition to his renowned ceramic work, Ando is a certified Japanese tea master, and has been studying the art of Chinese Tea to supplement his knowledge of Japanese tea making. We are delighted to announce that Ando has agreed to host 3 tea ceremonies at Tortoise focusing on Chinese tea ceremony, using his own ceramic tools made exclusively for this event.
Tea ceremonies with Ando will take place Thanksgiving weekend.
Saturday November 24th / 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Sunday November 25th / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday November 25th / 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Each tea ceremony is limited to 8 people with 6 being the minimum to participate, and tickets will be $50 per seat. The ceremony will showcase 2 types of Chinese tea - 1 variety that is Ando's favorite and 1 variety from a tea shop owned by a long time customer of Tortoise, SonWu Tea. Two sweets complimenting the tea experience will be served during the ceremony.
As always, event tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable so this event is a final sale. If we must cancel the tea ceremony due to lack of people particpating, we will refund the cost of the ticket back to the customer's original method of payment.