Thursday, August 02, 2012

Gongfu Tea Sets

Let's take a look at the tea sets that were used for the Wu-Wo tea ceremony.


As I mentioned in my previous post, each "cover" was unique and expressed the uniqueness of the individual participant.


A gong-fu tea set is used for the Wu-Wo tea ceremony. Each teapot is very small. The pouring vessel and tea cups are equally proportionate.


A variety of shapes, colors, and designs were evident.


This set included a tea strainer to pour the tea through as it goes into the pouring vessel. The coasters were small wooden trays. And the miniature flower arrangement added life and beauty to the tray.


Instead of a flower arrangement, this tray featured a tiny ceramic turtle. The coral colored floral design on the tea set was bright and appealing. I love the variety of textures shown in the mat, table linen, and ceramic  and stone marker trays for the tea cups.


Some of the settings were set on mats placed directly on the ground. Others were set up on trays and a small stool provided for the participant to sit on. This created a user-friendly experience for those whose muscles and bones are not quite as flexible as they were then they were twenty!


The symmetry and variety in shapes (above) creates a space that is especially tranquil and inviting.


This mat has been partially covered with a colorful printed fabric, creating a unique setting that represents the host. A small sprig of lavender is set quietly along one side. Beauty.


A woven tray contrasts in texture and design with the table covering, adding interest. The repetition of the weave has just enough variation to attract the viewer. The tea cups provide symmetry.


This was my tea setting. Bare feet on green grass. Cups of green tea. Contentment.

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Question: Did everyone have to bring their own tea sets with them? Or were they provided? All are so very lovely and unique. Tammy

Answer: We each bring our own set, but provide for guests. It is always fun to see how each person embellished her or his tea tray.
Marilyn

4 comments:

  1. Did everyone have to bring their own tea sets with them? Or were they provided? All are so very lovely and unique. Bare feet in green grass sounds really, really nice. We have a dust storm today, the first in a while. :/ Best wishes, Tammy

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  2. Stunning. I love Yixing tea pots and tea bowls.

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  3. We each bring our own set, but provide for guests. It is always fun to see how each person embellishes her or his tea tray.

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  4. LaDonna, you did a very nice job of explaining our enjoyable first Wu-Wo experience.

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