Tea Bowl Exhibition at WAZA

WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES courtesy of WAZA


Japanese import atelier WAZA Japan Labo is hosting TEA BOWL, an exhibition run in collaboration with IMISO Ceramics Studio and Sarah Walters Gallery, showcasing limited-edition Japanese-inspired tea bowls crafted by local ceramicists.

After speaking with Sarah Walters Gallery and IMISO Ceramics Studio, WAZA soon found itself with a list of 17 local potters, each of whom has their own distinctive style and were interested in making tea bowls, inspired by Japan. “The brief was open and intentionally non-restrictive: Feel free to look at traditional Japanese styles, think of your favourite tea experience, and then give us a South African interpretation of a tea bowl (chawan – 茶 碗),” explains the WAZA team.

The limited-edition tea bowls, created by Andile Dyalvane, Paul de Jongh, Nkuthazo Dyalvane, Madoda Fani, Amelia Jacobs, Zizipho Poswa, Lungiswa Joe, Ralph Johnson, Nico Liebenberg, Hennie Meyer, Lisa Ringwood, Lindsay Scott, Martin Swart, David Walters, Sarah Walters, Sinethemba Xola and Yogi de Beer, will be on sale to the public from 14 – 31 July 2020.

Each potter will have a limited number of tea bowls for sale at WAZA Japan Labo in Cape Town (by appointment only), as well as via an electronic catalogue (email info@wazashop.co.za). To secure a time slot to visit the exhibition, click here.

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TEA BOWL showcases South African made tea bowls inspired by Japan. We are launching in Cape Town on 14 July, with an electronic catalogue available upon launch. For us the exciting part of this collaboration is to see and experience how something as iconic as a Japanese tea bowl is interpreted through different styles and techniques by the 17 participants. … Showcase 1: swipe right to see selected works by Paul de Jongh, Andile Dyalvane, Nkuthazo Dyalvane, Amelia Jacobs and Lungiswa Joe. More to follow tomorrow. … TEA BOWL is hosted in collaboration with @sarahwalterspotter and @imisoceramics. Tatami woven in Kyoto by @yokoyamatatami. … #waza #wazashop #wazatravel #wazajapanlabo #wazaimports #wherewameetsza #japanshop #japanstore #japaneseshop #japanesestore #madeinjapan #madeinsouthafrica #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #capetown #southafrica #japan #teabowl #teaceremony #japanesetea #greentea #sencha #matcha #matchabowl #chawan #chasen #wazaevents #japanexperience #pottery #ceramics

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