The AP Art History class just completed a three-day study on the cultural significance of the tea ceremony in Japan. This included a look at the Taian Tearoom in Kyoto, Japan, the design and implementation of the tea ceremony, and the creation of the chawan – or the teabowl. The students also had the opportunity to create their own teabowl by hand on Monday, then glazed the bowls during class on Tuesday. The bowls were fired using the traditional Japanese raku firing process, which created a variety of rich and interesting designs.
To conclude the study, a “tea ceremony” was held in class on Wednesday that included drinking green tea from these handmade bowls.