Conversations in Tea: The Modern Ritual Through Ippodo Artists

February 06, 2020 - February 24, 2020
Reception February 6th, 5-8pm

NEW YORK, NY – In between our first exhibition of the new year and participation in Asia Week NYC 2020, we present “Conversations in Tea: The Modern Ritual Through Ippodo Artists.” The traditional idea of the tea ceremony, the cultural and time-specific ideology behind it, needs to be challenged as it does not do justice the new way in which contemporary culture interacts with tea.

Contemporary tea culture is a derivative of traditional Asian tea ceremonies. Now, more than ever, buying and drinking tea is a routine part of one’s day. The beverage is consumed alone, while on the way home on the train, or while drafting emails at work. We each have our own, personal experiences with tea.

The time-honored philosophy of tea can be simplified into an act of meditation and appreciation. Today, the individual practice of tea consumption is a manifestation of idiosyncratic rituals. It is a private act that varies from person to person and is the definition of contemporary tea culture.

The complex, modern-day tea experience is woven together by the interplay of commodities in society. You can buy tea, from green to jasmine, at the grocery store in small bags, tin cans, and even in bottles. From browsing to ordering, tea consumption allows the consumer to participate in complex cultural conversations without being fully aware of it. The contemporary tea ceremony is a conversation of space, community, and meditation. It is about reflection and an inner dialogue that tea mediates. The more traditional movements of a tea ceremony have been replaced with interactions that constitute shared experiences which have become more personalized.

Ippodo Gallery’s philosophy embraces and parallels that of the tea ceremony. In this show, Ippodo showcases contemporary tea bowls, water jars, tea caddies, and lacquer trays to promote works that represent the highest quality of Japanese aesthetics and culture. Ippodo’s contemporary artists highlight the importance of tradition as well as its development over time. With this exhibition, Ippodo wants to remind the world of the philosophy of tea, the flow of culture, and the beauty of community.

PETAL PLATE
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
C5483
NATURAL ASH GLAZED SAKE BOTTLE
YUI TSUJIMURA
C19785NP
NATURAL ASH GLAZED TEA BOWL
YUI TSUJIMURA
C19777NP
NATURAL ASH GLAZED SAKE BOTTLE
YUI TSUJIMURA
C19786
MOTHER OF PEARL
SHINYA YAMAMURA
C20210
KAMA AND FURO KETTLE AND BRAZIER
Miya Nobuho Iron
C16920
"JAKUMEN" SERENITY
KYOKKO KAIDA
C19416
TEA SCOOP
KYOKKO KAIDA
7 1/3in
C15748
LACQUER BOWL
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
C15904
YOHEN ASH WATER JAR
KEN MATSUZAKI
C18544AP
YAKISHIME TEABOWL WITH BOX
KAN KISHINO
Inch H3 3/4 W4 3/4 D0 Cm H9.5 W12.1 D0
C20535AP
HIKIDASHI KURO TEA CADDY WITH IVORY RID
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H3 ¾ W6 ¾ D 5 ¾ in
C8716
IDO TEABOWL
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H3 3/4 W5 D4 1/2 in
C19735
TEA SCOOP
Kaida Kokkyo
C19418
KOJIKI TEA BOWL
KAI TSUJIMURA
C19387
KARATSU TEA BOWL
KAI TSUJIMURA
C19627
SILVER SHAVED FLOWER VASE
JIHEI MURASE
C20445
ZELKOVA PUMPKIN SHAPED WATER JAR
JIHEI MURASE
C20444
THREE FOOT STAND (BIG) TEA CONTAINER WITH LID, "NEGORO-NURI" STYLE
JIHEI MURASE
H10 x 6.5cm H3 3/4 x W2 3/4 D 3/4in
C18387
HATCHET SHAVED KEYAKI TEA CADDY
JIHEI MURASE
C19960
SAKE BOTTLE, NEGORO STYLE
JIHEI MURASE
C20465
LACQUER DYED WHITE PORCELAIN TEABOWL
KODAI UJIIE
C20566
LACQUER DYED CELADON TEABOWL
KODAI UJIIE
C20021AP
HAGI TEABOWL "WHITE DEW"
RURI TAKEUCHI
C20164
WHITE GLAZED LIDDED JAR
KAN KISHINO
C16225P
YAKISHIME LIDDED
KAN KISHINO
C16227P
OHI YOHEN TEABOWL
OHI CHOZAEMON X
C20026P
NATURAL ASH GLAZE CYLINDER SHAPED VASE
YUI TSUJIMURA
Cm H: 25.8 W: 9.7 D: 9.3 Inch H: 10 1/4 W: 3 3/4 D: 3 3/4
C19789
IDO TEA BOWL
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H3 ¾ W6 ¾ D 5 ¾ in H9.2×W16.6×D15 cm
C19736
SHINO TEABOWL
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H 3 ¾ W4 ¾ D4 ¾ in H 9.2 W12.6 D11.6 cm
C19745
SHINO TEABOWL
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H3 ¾ W5 ½ D4 ¾ in H9.2×W13.4×D12.6 cm
C19746
IGA INSENSE CONTAINER
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H5.2×W9.6×D4.7 cm
C19757
SHIGARAKI TABI CHAWAN
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
C19753
SILVER GLAZED TEA BOWL
YASUSHI FUJIHIRA
C20652
SILVER AND BLACK GLAZED TEA BOWL
YASUSHI FUJIHIRA
C20651
Yō/孕:CONCEPTION
KOICHIRO ISEZAKI
H30.2×Φ15 cm H11 ¾ x W5 ¾ x D5 ¾ inc
C19718
SEKISOH TEA BOWL
YUKIYA IZUMITA
H4 3/4 x W5 1/4 x D 4 1/4 in H12 x W10.5 x D9.5 cm
C20486
SEKISOH LIDDED CONTAINER
YUKIYA IZUMITA
H2 x W 16 1/4 x D 4 1/2 in H4.5W41×D11cm
C20409
BLACK ORIBE TEA BOWL
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
C19740
IGA ROUND POT
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
C19731
NEGORO NURI, THREE FOOT STAND TEA CADDY
JIHEI MURASE
C19959
NEGORO STYLE, STRIPE CURVED OVAL TEA CADDY
JIHEI MURASE
C19958
NEGORO STYLE STRIPE CARVED TEA CADDY
JIHEI MURASE
H 3 ½ W 2 ½ D 2 ½ Inch H8.8 W6 D6 cm
C19957
BIZEN CHAWAN
KOICHIRO ISEZAKI
C19707
SHINO WATER JAR
KAI TSUJIMURA
C19631P
BIZEN CHAWAN
KOICHIRO ISEZAKI
C19705
CINNABAR TEA BOWL
SHIN FUJIHIRA
C19517
BRUSH MARK SAKE CUP
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H1 3/4 Φ3 3/4 in H4 Φ9.1cm
C15259
KOHIKI SAKE CUP
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H1 3/4 Φ3 1/4 in H4.4 Φ8cm
C10916
BLACK CYLINDER SHAPED TEA BOWL
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H3 3/4 Φ4 in H9.3 Φ10 cm
C9295
SHINO TEA BOWL
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H3 3/4 W5 D4 1/2 in H9.5 W12.5 D11.2 cm
C8585
NATURAL ASH GLAZE BACKET
YUI TSUJIMURA
H6 1/4 W11 D10 3/4 in H15.5 W27.3 D26.7 cm
C18255AP
SPHERE SHAPED JAR,NATURAL ASH GLAZE
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
C18398
BLACK AND SILVER LACQUER RIDGED BOX
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H 7 1/2 Φ 9 in H18.5 Φ22.2cm
C18586
BLACK AND SILVER LACQUER RIDGED TRAY WITH LEGS
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H1 1/4 W12 D9 1/2 in H3 W30.2 D24 cm
C18379
LACQUER LID REST
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H2 1/2 Φ2 3/4 in H6 Φ6.5 cm
C18376
COATED SILVER LID REST
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H2 1/2 Φ2 1/2 in H6 Φ6.3 cm
C18373
VERMILLION AND SILVER LACQUER TEA BOWL
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H3 1/4 Φ6 in H7.9 Φ15 cm
C18368
CHESNUT LACQUER ROUND TRAY WITH VERMILLION EDGE
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H1 1/2 Φ16 1/4 in H3.5 Φ40.8 cm
C18349
LACQURED ROUND TRAY
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H1 Φ14 3/4 in H2.5 Φ36.9 cm
C18345
CHESTNUT LACQUER WITH BLACK"SUMIMARU" TRAY
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H2 1/2 W25 1/2 D17 1/2 in H6 W64.5 D44 cm
C18343
BUCKEYE AND SILVER LACQUER "SUMIMARU" TRAY
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H2 W24 1/4 D17 1/2 in H4.7 W61 D44.2 cm
C18342
BLACK AND SILVER LACQUER RIDGED TRAY WITH LEGS
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H2 W10 3/4 D8 in H4.5 W26.9 D20.3 cm
C18327
CHESTNUT LACQUER VERMILLION RIDGED TRAY
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H2 W24 D11 in H4.5 W60.4 D27.5 cm
C18326
BLACK SILVER CHECKERED TEA CONTAINER 
JIHEI MURASE
H8.3Φ2 cm H 3.2Φ 0.8 in
C18388
THREE FOOT STAND (BIG) TEA CONTAINER WITH LID, "NEGORO-NURI" STYLE
JIHEI MURASE
H6.5Φ3.2 cm H 2.6Φ 1.3 in
C18387
TEA BOWL
MOKICHI OTSUKA
H3 3/4 Φ4 3/4 in H9.4 Φ12 cm
C18308
MAGNOLIA LEAF SHAPED PLATE,YAKISHIME STYLE
YUI TSUJIMURA
H1 W10 3/4 D4 3/4 in H2.5 W27.3 D11.8 cm
C18272NP
LEAF SHPED PLATE, NATURAL ASH GLAZE
YUI TSUJIMURA
H1 2/4 W6 3/4 D5 3/4 in H3.3 W16.7 D14.1 cm
C18269NP
NATURAL ASH GLAZED POT
YUI TSUJIMURA
H9 3/4 Φ8 2/4 in H24.7 Φ21.0 cm
C18261NP
WHITE SHINO TEA BOWL
YUI TSUJIMURA
H3 2/4 Φ5 2/4 in H8.3 Φ13.6 cm
C18259NP
WHITE SHINO TEA BOWL
YUI TSUJIMURA
H3 2/4 Φ5 in H8.6 Φ12.4 cm
C18257NP
BLACK TEA BOWL
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H3 3/4 Φ4 1/2 in H9.1 Φ10.4 cm
C17601
TEA BOWL WITH SILVER GLAZE
YASUSHI FUJIHIRA
H3 1/2 Φ5 1/4 in H8.6 Φ12.8 cm
C17656
TENMOKU TEA BOWL
NORIYUKI FURUTANI
H3 Φ5 1/4 in H7.3 Φ13.2 cm
C17715
TEA SCOOP ‘ WING '
KYOKKO KAIDA
H7 2/4 in H18.5 cm
C16812
INCENSE BURNER
KEIJI ITO
C17046 NP
HATCHET SHAVED TAME-NURI LACQUER TEA CADDY
JIHEI MURASE
C17037
ICHIMONJI (ONE LINE) INCENSE CONTAINER, NEGORO STYLE
JIHEI MURASE
H1 Φ3 1/4 in H2.5 Φ8 cm
C17034
FACETED LACQUER INCENSE CONTAINER, NEGORO STYLE
JIHEI MURASE
H1 1/2 Φ3 in H3.2 Φ7.6 cm
C17033
ROUND RUBBED LACQUER TEA CADDY WITH CHECKERED PATTERN
JIHEI MURASE
H3 1/2 Φ2 1/2 in H8.3 Φ6.1 cm
C17030
TEA BOWL, ORIBE STYLE
KAI TSUJIMURA
C16422NP
KOHIKI TEA BOWL
C16420NP
VERMILION AND BLACK LACQUER TEA CADDY, NEGORO STYLE
JIHEI MURASE
H3 1/4 Φ2 1/4 in H8 Φ5.6 cm
C15727
KAEDE ( MAPLE ) NURIWAKE TRAY WITH LEGS
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H1 2/4 W17 D10 2/4 in H3.3 W42.6 D26.5 cm
C14705
OROSHI (WIND BLOWING DOWN FROM MOUNTAINS)
SATOSHI KINO
H15 x W32 x D3 in H38 x W81 x D7.7 cm
B14856AP
SMALL TEA BOWL, KOFUKI STYLE
SHIRO TSUJIMURA
H2 3/4 Φ5 in H6.5 Φ12.3 cm
C10407
TEA BOWL, MISHIMA STYLE
KOHEI NAKAMURA
H7xW15.4cm H3xW6 1/4in
C12100
VERMILLION LACQUER EIGHT FACETED BOX
TOHRU MATSUZAKI
H6 5/8 W7 7/8 in H17.5 W20 cm
C12814
TEAROOM (JI'AN)
SHIGERU UCHIDA
W2400 x D2400 x H2000 mm W7' 10" x D7' 10" x H6' 7" Japanese cedar, spruce, agathis, bamboo Bamboo woven in grid
F257P