In the Classroom: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Pat Benard subbed for Denise Curtis’ 7th grade class at Bowman Middle School. Students had been studying the Japanese internment during WWII and Ms. Curtis asked Pat to do a clay project illuminating something about Japanese culture. She taught students about the process of raku-firing pottery, which originated in Japan. One version of the Japanese tea ceremony consisted of firing the tea bowls and removing them from the kiln while red hot. They drank tea from them while they were still warm. Students then made their own pinch pot tea bowls.

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e-mail Program Manager Stacey Lane at: staceylane@penland.org

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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

Teaching Artists

Anne Phillips
Pat Benard
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