To encourage active participation in the creation of tea ware, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware has organised the Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters competitions since 1986. A total of eight competitions were held up to 2010, attracting a number of potters to participate and spurring the design of a great number of spectacular artworks.
The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware has just launched a new exhibition entitled "From Clay to Teapot: Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters 1986-2010", which features 64 finalist entries selected from the past Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters competitions along with exhibits selected from "Yuanyang: An Exhibition on Coffee and Tea Vessels", which was held in 2003. The new exhibition aims to give the public an opportunity to appreciate more original works by local potters.
The 82 original ceramic works on display were acquired by the museum and represent a wide spectrum of themes, including works inspired by natural objects, delights from everyday life and simple geometric designs.
The spokesman for the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware said, "This exhibition is a brief summary of the Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters competitions spanning more than two decades. It is organised not only as a platform for local potters to learn and exchange skills, but also as a platform to review the evolution of Hong Kong ceramic tea ware art and an opportunity for sharing the fruits of its success with all participants as well as those who appreciate ceramic art.
"The exhibition also includes ceramic works selected from 'Yuanyang: An Exhibition on Coffee and Tea Vessels', held in 2003. That exhibition showcased the superb creativity of not only potters, but also ceramic artists and artists using other media who explored the possibilities of working with clay as a material to exchange artistic ideas on the theme of 'Yuanyang'. Coffee and tea vessels as well as ceramic sculptures taking on various forms were featured in that well-received exhibition. We have thus selected 18 works from that exhibition and have put them side by side with those from the Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters competitions in the current exhibition, enabling visitors to see a framework of local ceramic art."
The exhibition is now on and will run until February 13, 2012. To coincide with the exhibition, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware will organise a series of activities on ceramics to be hosted by a renowned local ceramic artist. "Ceramic Tea Ware Design: Children's Weekend Activity" will be hosted by Law Hon-wah. Law, who holds rich ceramics teaching experience, will share with the audience the pleasure of ceramics creation. The activity will be held on July 23 and 30 and August 6 and 13 from 2.30pm to 4pm at the museum.
Located at 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong (inside Hong Kong Park), the Museum of Tea Ware is open from 10am to 5pm daily and is closed on Tuesdays. Admission is free.
For more information on the exhibition and lectures, please visit the Museum of Tea Ware's website at http://hk.art.museum, or call 2869 0690 or 2869 6690.
Ends/Tuesday, June 21, 2011