Embark on a cultural journey during this in-depth exploration of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. We begin with sculpting our own clay tea bowls known as yunomis, and then move on to crafting exotic trays using hand building techniques. We then apply traditional Japanese glazes and unique stamps to make our pots vibrant with surface design. While our pieces are being red in the kiln, we study the different elements of the ceremony by creating hand painted kimonos, paper sculpted tea pots and unique fish prints. On the final day, we perform a tea ceremony for our friends and families while we share traditional tea and treats!
Natalie Squillante grew up in coastal Rhode Island with a love for creating. She received her B.F.A. in Ceramics and Arts Education from the Maine College of Art in 2010. Natalie interned in the ceramics program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center for two years and previous to that was the founding children’s teacher and studio manager of ceramics and creative arts at Jamestown Arts Center in Rhode Island. Currently, Natalie creates pots in Massachusetts where she fires a Japanese-style wood kiln with her ceramic community.