20 & 21 October – Japanese Chawan: A spirit of Rikyu & Raku – workshop & talk

WPA is very excited to be offering a workshop by Kumiko Jacolin in collaboration with the Wellington Sakai Association.

Japanese Chawan - 20 & 21 October Workshop


A workshop on making “Chawan” – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

For those who are interested in making a “chawan” yourself, you can register for two days of workshop. You can experience a Japanese way of making a chawan, hopefully respecting as much as Chojiro’s spriit of Raku. The first day you shape a cup using handbuilding methods, then the next day you learn carving. You will participate to create a chawan on these two days. The workshop fee covers clay and necessary materials, and is suitable for beginners or those new to clay. The bisque and final firing will be done later. It won’t be a traditional Raku firing, however you will have an option to participate to glaze and/or firing session.

Open to all levels.  $20 for WSA/WPA members and $30 for non-WSA/WPA members.  To register or for more information please email kumiko@jacolin.net.
* Selected cups maybe used at the tea ceremony demonstration in the Japan Festival.


A Talk on “Chawan” & Tea Ceremony  Sunday 21st October, 3.30 – 4.30pm

Inspired by Rikyu, a tea master from Sakai city, Japan (Wellington’s sister city), I would like to share my passion on “Chawan”(tea cup). The tradition of “Raku” chawan is transmitted secretly from father to son since 1568, currently headed its 15th master. I will talk about its history and his “wabi” spirit, with a demonstration of the tea ceremony.

The talk and demonstration of tea ceremony is free and does not require registrations; however space will be on a first come first serve basis to the capacity.