文 By: 許玉蓮 Hooi Yoke Lien
Tea drinking requires total involvement of our senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch and feel. The combination of masterful brewing technique, rare tea leaves and exquisite tea equipage not only enriches the flavor of tea, but also opens up a whole world of refinement in life.
When it comes to the place for tea or the tea setting, size is not a key issue. The tea ware though, calls for our attention. Quality and craftsmanship are as important as practicality. The difference is in the details; and details bring out the flavour of our life enriched by tea drinking.
A leisurely sip or a life of refinement requires sensitivity towards other people and the objects around us. When we put our experience, feelings and idea of beauty together, it will not be too difficult to come up with a beloved tea set and an aesthetic tea setting.
Perhaps, what applies equally well to tea drinking and living is this: take time, don’t rush.
This tea set in the style of the Ru-kiln ceramics has a translucent jade-like glaze. The ornament-free body is plain, but stately with an old-world charm. The clay, also known as incense-ash clay, is very delicate.
The clay that has aged over time is stable, seasoned and settled. Low in heat conductivity, the teapot is ideal for the aroma of the tea infusion to develop within.
The smooth yet tough white porcelain body is enhanced by the even layer of glaze, which gives a high-gloss reflection under the sun. The body, carefully structured for a perfect poise, is accentuated by skilful detailing. A true statement of elegance.
The exquisite tea caddy has both an aesthetic and a practical appeal, adding a subtle touch of refinement to living.
This tea bowl with ‘hare's fur markings’ showcases rich colour combination with an antique appeal. Tapered with a round base, the bowl features prominent ‘hare’s fur’ markings against the dark glaze, lending to it a unique kind of charm.