Founded in 1925, Dartington Trust has been a thriving visitor destination and charity supporting learning in arts, ecology and social justice, set on a beautiful 1,200 estate in the South Devon countryside.
Throughout its history they have drawn leading artists and thinkers including Bernard Leach, composer Igor Stravinsky, cellist Jacqueline du Pre, among many others,
Bernard Leach who was hugely influenced by Japanese ceramics and arts invited his friends and two great Japanese potters/thinker Yanagi Sōetsu and Hamada Shōji to organise a conference about Japanese craft in 1952.
This two-event programme aim to celebrate the 70 years anniversary of the conference and the fruitful cultural relationship between and UK and Japan focusing on tea ceremony and tea bowl.
An experienced tea ceremony practitioner from Urasenke UK will give a talk about the history, background and aesthetics of the tea ceremony. In the workshop, participants will learn and experience the procedure of making tea using the centuries old series of stylised elegant movements.
Also renowned potter Jill Fanshawe Kato will offer a one day ceramic course we will be using hand building techniques to make two beautiful tea bowls.