Fou Gallery invites you to participate in our gathering and class of tea. Participants will have the opportunity to view our current exhibition Lan Zhaoxing and Renqian Yang: Between Mountains, and learn the tea ceremony from the Song Dynasty together with the instructor Mai Tian. Together, we’ll appreciate the tea utensils (including Song Style Conical Bowls, Rock Vases and Incense Holder created by Renqian Yang), and experience the spiritual world of literati from ancient China.
The Song Dynasty (960-1279) carried on the refined, elegant rituals of tea drinking begun during the Tang Dynasty (607-918), continuing to enjoy it as a leisurely and social beverage. The complex and formal tea etiquette begun under the Tang was also carried on, as were new rules of hospitality, preparation, and serving of tea created as well, which now extended to guests and strangers. The way of tea drinking in the Song dynasty changed into the method of "dian-cha"(pouring water on tea powders for several times) from the method of cooking tea of the Tang dynasty. Also in Song Dynasty, Japan’s Rongxi Zen Master brought tea culture to Japan, which had a profound impact on the development of Japanese tea ceremony.
When presented with a bowl of tea, a guest will notice and reflect upon the tea as well as the ceramic utensils. The ceramics used in this context—tea bowls, water jars, flower vases, tea caddies, and so forth—are functional tools valued for their practicality as well as artworks admired for their aesthetic qualities.
Fou Gallery’s current exhibition Between Mountains presents Renqian Yang's ceramic works created at the Craigardan residency programme in Adirondack Mountains, and oil paintings created by Lan Zhaoxing. Images of mountains have remained a potent source of inspiration for artists and writers, often with contradictory meanings. The eternal theme of mountains leads into the distance while returning to one’s internal mind. Coincidentally, the theme of mountains become an inspiration for both Lan Zhaoxing and Renqian Yang.
The tea ceremony and class is presented during the exhibition and intends to continue the dialogue between the mountains, and use the artisan utensils to experience the slow life together.
White tea powder from Nanping, Fujian Province. 福建南平建阳区野生大白茶茶粉
TEA UTENSILS - CERAMICS BY RENQIAN YANG
Renqian Yang, Song Dynasty Style Conical Bowls, 2014/2018. 杨人倩，仿宋笠茶碗，2014/2018.
Song Dynasty Style Jian Zhan. 仿古建盏
Mai Tian at Fou Gallery in 2017. 2017年11月麦田在否画廊举行茶会，摄影：陈琳
TEA INSTRUCTOR - MAI TIAN
In 2011, Mai Tian started her journey in Chinese traditional tea ceremony and further studied in Hejing Tea Garden (Beijing) and Taiwan Dongwu University (Taipei). She received the certificate of Senior Tea Artisan and Advanced Tea Appraiser. Currently, she is researching and practicing Tang Dynasty Tea Culture.