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Look Back to Tea Culture Tradition

Tea, next to water, is one of the most popular drinks in everyday life.
Tea is so popular that it’s widely accepted by people, 
regardless of their background and place.
Wherever there is tea, there is community, relaxation, and harmony.
 
Time past and time present, it remains the same!
 
Common people drink tea. Scholars taste tea. Esquires and nobles throw tea banquets…
People gather with teacups in their hands. Tea brings people enthusiastic exchange. 

Tea brings a friendly atmosphere for social exchange and gathering. Such function is as important as the tasting of the tea itself. Because of tea, there’re more opportunities and spaces for people to stay in touch.

Tea Party, Create More Possibilities on the Way to Tea! 

Will there be any other possibilities around the tea table?
Lin’s Ceramics Studio, a well-known creative industry brand in Greater China, based on its nearly 30 years of tea ware design and making experience, aims to showcase innovative cultural experiences involving tea. First, they try to connect to the history and the rejuvenation of tea culture.
 
“Tea” and “Party” seems to be a conflict of eastern and western ideals. By inviting cross-industry experts to interpret tea appreciation with their unique design talents, Tea Party extends its perspectives to dancing, theatre music, product design, furniture design, costume design, and textile design. With tea as the source of inspiration, it brings us new thinking and helps trespass the boundaries, brings possibilities, imaginations, and experiences…
 
Let us create more possibilities for tea, giving it more chances for interpretations, more spaces for performances, and further vision.


The Origins of the Tea Party

In 2010, Lin’s Ceramics Studio had been invited to sponsor the Tea Serving Presentation event at Taiwan Pavilion, EXPO 2010 Shanghai China. For six months, Taiwan Pavilion earned high acclaim from the international friends, with the spirit of serving tea and making friends with tea.
 
Tea, indeed, is the best way to warm people’s hearts and the catalyst in social gatherings.
 
In 2011 Taipei World Design Expo, Lin’s Ceramics Studio continued and extended its experiences of serving tea in Shanghai Expo. Expanding the possibilities of tea banquet, they presented three crossover theatre in the exhibition hall, with classical, contemporary, and avant-garde wat\y. The Tea Party became more mature!
 
In 2012, with the support and assurance of the Ministry of Culture, Lin’s Ceramics Studio launched another project. It collaborated with cross-fields designers and artists to interpret Tea Party in innovative manners with the theme of “Slow and Flow.”
 


The Creation Team of Tea Party “Slow & Flow”

Rock Wang, Director and Production Manager
- What can a modern tea party look like?
 
Tea has a strong penetration power. It is a drink accepted by most people.
The creation team traced to the roots of tea, with the findings of two basic elements: the water flow and temperature, which further inspired the formation of the theme “Slow & Flow.”
Slowness implies a slow flowing stream. Slowness makes details clear. And we felt calmer. 
Flow implied heating up the water slowly. Its warmth diffused in the air. Tea began.
Developing these two ideas further, our artists began to brainstorm for concrete ideas regarding the theme of the Tea Party. We planned to come up with a new perspective for a modern Tea Party that was accepted and accessible to most people. We dreamt that one day the tea master would become a symbol of fashion—stylish and in, like a DJ in a party.



Ken-Tsai Lee, Visual Design
- With overlapping circles, I would like to communicate the ideas of the exchange among people.
 
The inspiration of Tea Party came from the ripples. They dispersed in concentric circles.
Just like tea, it communicated interrelations among people. They were related and connected. Like the temperature of friendship, it dispersed.
With overlapping and interlocking circles, it constituted the visions of Tea Party. It recalled the gatherings formed because of tea, like dispersing concentric circles. Tea connected people in their social relationship. They made friends over a cup of tea. The circles also symbolized perfection and the pot’s image vaguely formed in our visions.  As a result, the visual logo of the Tea Party was formed.
 


Blaire Ko, Composer
- I created the situational music of tea by grasping the images of water.
 
Tea needs water to grow. Tea needs to be dried after harvesting and during roasting.
When we began to make tea, we poured water into the teapot to awaken the tea leaves.
The importance of the water was beyond question. Tea was the evolution of water!
When composing the music of the Tea Party “Slow & Flow”, I recorded most of the soundtracks in nature. The seaside of the Northern Coast, Waterfall in Taipei, Keelung’s rain… We recorded the different states of the water intact…By recording these sounds myself, I felt the metamorphosis of the water.
In the album, there were the sounds of the water’s seven states: the sea, rain, thunder, waterfall, river, clouds, and fog. They represented the cyclic system of water in nature.



Tong Ho, Product Design
- The tea set concentrates the spirit of a Tea Party.
 
The temperature communicated the life of tea. Water was the activator of life.
With “Slow & Flow” as the theme, the design of the tea set circled around tea and water. In these vessels, the image of water is fully represented.
On the teapot, tea cups, and more, there are visible holes to communicate the idea of the penetration of water, and the importance of water to the tea set. All the tea vessels were covered with purion, a kind of classical clay, in fashionable means. Both merged seamlessly to communicate the new scene of transformation from the old to the new.
The Tea Party series is inspired from classical crafts.



Wen-Haur Yen, Furniture Design / Set Design
- To feel the seepage of the tea culture.
 
By designing the tea table, I intended to communicate the spatial and temporal concepts of the theme “Slow & Flow.”
When a tea master pours hot water into the teapot for the first round, the tea runs and seeps along the path slowly. As the distance extended and the meandering route lengthened, the tea table becomes a time axis. We can feel the spatial environment and temporal concept continues when we were making tea.
A tea table was not only the design of form, but also the thinking of space and time.
 


Gina Hsu, Textile Design
- My work is the representation of temperature, and touch.
 
The ideas came from the images of the moss and drying of tealeaves under the sun. I hoped the guests feel the delicate quality communicated by the Tea Party when they arrived barefoot.
It was a kind of aesthetics dispersed from details. When we stepped on the rug, sat on a stone bench, we experienced it with the sense of touch, not vision.It was the moment obtained from the first contact. We could feel the warmth of the material. It was so comfortable that we wanted to get closer to it. 
Then, we would feel tacitly the atmosphere of the Tea Party space.



Zeigarniq, Costume Design
- Tea was so light and clear. In actual atmosphere of design, I kept its clearness like tea.
 
With needles and threads, I sewed the clothes of the tea master. With sensible touch, it communicated people’s artisanship.
With the color of the tea, it was not bright and vivid. It was compatible to a certain degree like tea. In materials, it gave people the feel of cotton and flax.
In form, although it should be the clothes of the tea master, I tried to avoid putting too many Oriental symbols on them. With plenty of space, they were comfortable but not too traditional.
 


Ting An, Ying, Choreographer / Dancer 
- All the designer’s crafts brought forth wonderful ideas with the dancers’ movements.
 
The dancers learned classical tea art to perform the roles of tea artists skillfully.  
Began from learning the basic tea movements, she is aiming to blend tea into choreography. 
When the audience entered the hall, the tea master performed a dance of serving tea. She demonstrated all the designers’ crafts—the tea sets for making tea, the beauty of the curves of the tea on the table, the aesthetics of the ultra-simplicity of the clothes and more. She used the best of her inspirations to transform the tea set into the accessories on the body.
Woven by the tea master, all the designers’ crafts unveiled all sorts of wonderful ideas slowly and contagiously.



The Tea Party “Slow & Flow” was the symphony of the East and the West. It represented the innovative ideas of new tea cultural experiences commencing in 2012.
In the future, the Tea Party is projected to seek international collaborations to opening new chapters and start new interpretations in the Eastern and Western cultures. The creation team is planning to promote this project from Taiwan to Mainland China. Moreover, it is also planning to promote this project in the exhibitions held in Europe and America. 
When the tradition and contemporary thinking, Asian lifestyle and Western perspectives share the same stage. Their cultures exchange and their international perspectives inspire each other.
The spirit of tea culture and bringing passion to people disperse with the promotion of the Tea Party.


The “River Stone” Tea Set - Soul of the Tea Party “Slow & Flow”

 
About Tea Party “Slow & Flow”
Tea Party, is a new style of Tea Ceremony, rooted in tradition while reaching for the latest fashion, it is able to bring people who have never so much as had a sip of green or black into the rich and rewarding world of tea.
Aim to showcase innovative cultural experiences involving tea, the Tea Party creator team brought together cross-industry talents in different fields, from product design, furniture design, fashion design, visual design, composing and choreography, to extends its perspectives to transform traditional tea drinking ceremony into a festive-like colorful party.
The 2012 Tea Party “Slow & Flow”, just won the Identity and Branding Gold Award in Design For Asia Award 2013 (DFAA), by Hong Kong Design Center.

Design Concept
Inspired by water scenes, the designer drew ideas from his observations of river stones. The River Stone tea pot and tea cups have holey designs which symbolize the spaces created by water flowing through the stones. With a more classically designed inner core made from black Purion, the designer hopes to express the concept of new innovative tea culture arising from traditionalism.

Product Features
‧ Double-layer design: Re-presenting the features of the eroded pores on river stones vividly. Also practical and heatproof.
‧ The pots, pitcher, cups and sniffer cups match with the modern leisure and living space perfectly to make tea tasting a marvelous experience.

MATERIALSPurion
SPECSTea Pot / 16.3x 10.2x 17.3 cm/ 400 c.c./ 765 g
Tea Cup / ϕ6.8x 6.2 cm/ 55 c.c./ 107 g
Sniffer Cup / ϕ5.1x 6.2 cm/ 25 c.c./ 67 g
Pitcher / 10.8x 7.2x 9.3 cm/ 167 c.c./ 267 g