Thursday, May 01, 2014
The 2014 PSU Tea Institute Chaozhou Gongfu Cha event at the Palmer Museum of Art
The day started with a guided visit of the museum. Then, Teaparker made a first presentation about the evolution of tea preparation through the Chinese dynasties. This helped give a better context to this year's exhibition that focuses on Qing dynasty (1644-1911) Chaozhou Gongfu Cha.
Teaparker's lecture shows how people prepared tea during each dynasty. The 3 Sung dynasty tea bowls on display in the Palmer museum helped us better relate to how tea was made during that dynasty (960-1279). Teaparker even showed videos of himself performing Sung dynasty tea in Europe, China and Taiwan. This style of tea vanished in China, but has been well preserved in Japan.
As tea fans, we love to see antiques in a museum and understand their function, but we even prefer using them with fresh tea! What's wonderful with tea is that the knowledge we gain can be turned into practice.