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THE ART OF TEA

 

 You are warmly invited to attend the following events on campus focusing on tea, the second most consumed beverage in the world. They include a tea tasting/demonstration (Nov. 21), a colloquium on Chinese tea and history of tea and tea utensils in East Asia (Nov. 22), and two exhibitions of tea-related materials across the UC Davis campus. All are free and open to the public.

 

 

Nov. 21          Tea Tasting Demonstration with Tea Master Wingchi Ip

3:10- 5:00 PM, Sensory Theater, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.  Reception to follow.

This demonstration of tea brewing and tasting, is led by Tea Master Wingchi Ip. The audience will be invited to view and ask questions as students from UC Davis’s first seminar tea, The Impact of Tea on Visual and Material Culture, learn about tea tasting and sensory issues.

 

Nov. 22          Colloquium on The Art of Tea

3:00- 5:00 PM           Nelson Gallery 

This colloquium features two talks: one by a tea master, the other by a tea scholar. Both will be enlightening.

 

Wingchi Ip, The Way(s) of Drinking Tea

This talk will explain how to select, brew, and taste teas, as well as throw light on the differences between the primary types of Chinese teas on the market: green, greenish, red, white, yellow and black.

Wingchi Ip is a Tea Master, tea scholar, artist, Director of Lock Cha Tea Shop, and a tea exporter and retailer from Hong Kong. He is serving or has served as Visiting Professor, Shu Ren University, Hangzhou; Visiting Lecturer, Wuyi University, Fujian; Visiting Artist, Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Director of China Tea Association.

 

Dr. Steven D. Owyoung, Drinking from the Dragon’s Well: An Introduction to the Tea Cultures of China, Korea, and Japan

In this talk, Dr. Owyoung presents the historical figures and events that inspired the evolution of tea from a tonic and beverage into a philosophical and spiritual pursuit.  He reveals the influence of continental China – the major movements in tea – on peninsular Korea and the islands of Japan, highlighting the distinctive practices developed by each civilization.  His richly illustrated lecture closely examines the aesthetic of tea and its impact on literary, monastic, and material culture from poetry and meditation to utensils and architecture.

Dr. Owyoung was a curator of Asian arts at the Fogg Art Museum and the Saint Louis Art Museum during a scholarly career spanning thirty-five years.  Now retired, he writes on the history of tea – East and West – and is completing an introduction and translation of the Chajing 茶經, the Book of Tea by the Tang dynasty scholar Lu Yü.  Owyoung periodically publishes essays on the websites Cha Dao and Tsiosophy.

 

Exhibitions

Nov. 21 - Dec. 15    WIngchi Ip & the Art of Tea, Nelson Gallery, UC Davis

From the perspective of a Tea Master, this talk will explain how to select, brew, and taste teas, as well as throw light on the differences between the primary types of Chinese teas on the market: green, greenish, red, white, yellow and black.

Wingchi Ip is a Tea Master, tea scholar, artist, Director of Lock Cha Tea Shop, as well as a tea exporter and retailer from Hong Kong. He is serving or has served as Visiting Professor, Shu Ren University, Hangzhou; Visiting Lecturer, Wuyi University, Fujian; Visiting Artist, Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Director of China Tea Association.

 

Nov. 21 – Mar. 2014    Tea related materials from Special Collections, Shields Library

This exhibition includes a selection of rare and important books and illustrated materials from the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection of Beverage Literature in UC Davis’s Special Collections. 

 

Please mark your calendars and be sure to join us!

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