Saturday, 13 December 2014

Inspired by a Master II - Teapot

By Terry Phillips
Quadra Island, BC
Size approx 12” W x 13” H

This is the 7th in the series of teapots, dedicated to the master Japanese potters who have been making teapots for centuries. The Japanese are also master tea makers in the highly ritualized tea ceremony that take making a cup of tea to the highest level of “wabi,” the inner experience of human lives like self control, introspection, respect, humility, and “sabi,” the outer material side of life like imperfection and emptiness. Following these principles of Buddhism were the first steps on the road to enlightenment.  The peach branch makes me think of Pearl S Buck, surely a master writer of some of my favourite stories.

The peach branch in the background is a symbol of longevity and immortality. A peach branch was used in China to ward away evil. It is the perfect fruit to accompany a peaceful cup of tea.

(with thanks to Wikipedia for the information about peaches, teamaking, and Japanese pottery.)

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