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The Teabowl: East and West


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: the iconic teabowl Chapter 1: tea and the tea ceremony Chapter 2: ceramics history Chapter 3: the teabowl travels Chapter 4: from tearoom to gallery Conclusion: the iconic teabowl - past and present Endnotes Bibliography Index

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Teabowls have become an iconic form in ceramics, and this book considers everything from their history to their current status and use, giving examples and insights from many contemporary artists.

About the Author

Bonnie Kemske is a professional writer and critic, as well as a ceramic artist with a PhD from the Royal College of Art, UK. She was editor of Ceramic Review from 2010 to 2013, and has contributed articles to many international magazines such as Ceramics: Art & Perception and New Ceramics. In 2013 she curated an exhibition of teabowls at the Embassy of Japan in London.


Bonnie Kemske has crafted a compelling and deeply personal meditation on the power of the teabowl in Japan and in the world of ceramics today. This volume is beautifully illustrated and attentive to an array of historic and contemporary teabowls. * Morgan Pitelka, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and author of Handmade Culture (2005) and Spectacular Accumulation (2015) *

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