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Outstanding works by local potters featured at Museum of Tea Ware

For the Chinese, tea drinking is much more than the quenching of thirst -- it is a form of etiquette, and an enjoyable way to gather with friends. Simply enjoying a nice cup of tea with elegant tea utensils is a truly uplifting experience.

An exhibition, "Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters 2005", to be held from tomorrow (March 16) to November 14 at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, will give visitors an opportunity to appreciate the creativity and artistic trends in local ceramic tea ware.

Ninety-seven ceramic works by 70 local potters featured at the exhibition were selected from the competition "Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters" organised by the Museum of Tea Ware last year.

The exhibition was opened today (March 15) by the Deputy Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (LCSD), Mr Chung Ling-hoi; renowned local designer and the Art Adviser of LCSD, Mr Kan Tai-keung; and the Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Dr Christina Chu Kam-leun.

Speaking at today's opening ceremony, Mr Chung said that the Museum of Tea Ware always tried to promote Chinese tea culture and local ceramic art. The tea ware competition and exhibition, organised by the museum, also aims to stimulate a greater interest in Chinese tea drinking and highlight the creativity of local ceramic art.

"The kaleidoscopic variety of tea ware on display manifests a diversification of the potters' training, artistic tendencies and life experience," Mr Chung said. "The techniques and forms of these works demonstrate the persistent pursuit of technical refinements and innovative creation by Hong Kong potters as well as their unceasing commitment to their creation, which also coincide with our aims of promoting ceramic art through this activity."

The works on display reveal a great diversity of styles ranging from naturalistic forms, through geometrical designs, to sculptural figures. They encompass novelty themes inspired by experience from daily life as well as the more abstract and avant-garde ideas. The works show the imaginative power and creative ingenuity of local potters.

The tea ware competition organised by the Museum of Tea Ware in 2004 received a record number of participants and entries. There were 337 entries by more than 170 participants. The works on display were selected by a panel of adjudicators, which included Mr Hon Bing-wah, Mr Leung Koon-ming, Ms Li Wei-han, Ms Wong Lai-ching and Ms Yim Wai-wai. Outstanding works were awarded First, Second and Third Prizes as well as the Seven Prizes of Excellence.

Mr Johnson Tsang Cheung-shing's work "Make tea, not war!" won First Prize in the competition. Ms Maggie Fung Kam-lan won Second Prize with her "Tea set in the form of origami" and Ms Lo Lai-fong's "Teapot in the form of a lotus leaf with frog" won Third Prize.

To complement the exhibition, an educational corner has been set up in the galleries to offer visitors a fascinating insight into the production techniques, forms and designs as well as the decorative skills used in making ceramic tea ware.

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, visit the Museum of Tea Ware's website at , or call 2869 0690 or 2869 6690.

Ends/Tuesday, March 15, 2005
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