Chawan: history and future of an art form with Nessim Cohen

about this event

This second meditation is about Japanese tea bowls (chawan)The chawan has been part of the history of both tea ceremony and modern art. Its canonical form is designed for a certain use, a certain function. But its development as an artform makes it evolve beyond the tea room

During this meditation, I invite you to share tea, practice together how to use the chawan as hosts and guests, whisk together with respect for the bowls and discuss the history and future of the chawan & the tea room.

With a tea ceremony, time for practice and time for discussion.

Nessim Cohen is a ceramist, tea artist and calligrapher currently residing in Paris, France.

His performances and lectures approach the world of tea with a peculiar attention to the relations between ethic and aesthetic.

His works and performances question our incorporation of eastern practices in our daily lives to enrich them without loosing their meaningfulness. He seeks what is universally shared, in the community of tea, across borders and tastes.

A special gift to each guest has been generously outfitted by Kotodo Japanese washi canisters.