Armstrong’s announces its up-coming exhibition and holiday sale: “The Pomona Tea Party.” This show will display sculptural and functional works of art from the renowned ceramic artists from all over the United States featuring tea pots and tea bowls from such highly skilled ceramic artists as Don Reitz, Philip Cornelius, Tom and Elaine Coleman, Fong Choo, Porntip Sangvanich, Steven Hill, William Waters, Yoshiro Ikeda, Glenn Grishkoff and many more.
The traditional Japanese tea ceremony is a religious and social event along with an essential concentration on aesthetics. The tea bowl used for this ceremony embodies beauty, dignity, cleanliness, and humbleness. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony bowls in ceramic arts has gone through many changes over time and in Western culture ceramists started challenging themselves to create art works extending to this tradition. Artists bring new life to Japanese convention while showing off their own artistic expression and style as well as pushing the boundaries of what a tea pot or bowl can be or look like. Changes include materials used, firing techniques and an overall breakaway from traditional styles while still acknowledging conventional thinking about the tea bowl and its original purpose and meaning in Japanese culture.
Art lovers and enthusiasts are invited to join Armstrong’s in this prominent event filled with tea and conversation. “The Pomona Tea Party” will show a variety of ceramic tea pot and bowl styles, from formal to whimsical, that display all the artists’ expertise and unique techniques of the celebrated and distinguished ceramic medium.