Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind,
dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue;
awakens thought and prevents drowsiness.
Lu Yu, 733 – 804
It’s always time for tea
Lewis Carroll,1832 – 1898
For over 1000 years, tea has been drunk for medicinal, restorative, and recreational reasons. As the drinking of tea came to be associated with cultivation and refinement, the tea ware used became as almost as important as the tea itself, from the purple clay pots of the Jiangsu province to the decorated porcelains of Wedgewood and Doulton
In this collection of works, Emma Forrester indulges her love of ceramics and pottery, in this exploration of organic and crafted beauty. These ten pieces, all drawing on the theme of tea, show Forrester’s dramatic flair, with floral patterns and arrangements flowing in to each other,
Emma Forrester graduated in 1993 with a degree in Fine Art from Liverpool University. She has worked as a scenic artist for many West-End theatres, and Royal Opera House productions. Her recent works bear an expressive use of line to portray everyday objects such as vases and tea-cups
“My aim is to show my appreciation of the simple beauty of such objects by their sensitive portrayal in my paintings. My aim is not to 'copy' the object in paint, but rather to describe and celebrate what I see”
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of the British pottery industry, she and her family have a life-long appreciation of ceramics. The celebration of this great British tradition is hopefully apparent in this recent body of works
The Graham Hunter Gallery present this selection of work throughout December, as a celebration of the calm of tea culture, amidst the hectic festive season. We are delighted to be working with fantastic companies and individuals on this exhibition, all of whom have made tea a way of life.
This season will include....
A private view of Art//Tea for Friends of the Gallery 2/12
From 6pm, We will be holding a private viewing of art//tea, with artist Emma Forrester in attendance. Friends of the gallery are requested to RSVP to better gauge presence.
A Special pre Christmas shopping event 11/12
In conjunction with sister organisation Creative picture framing, We present a late night opportunity to indulge in some last minute retail therapy, with gift items and selected pieces at special prices announced on the day. Prices available to Friends of the Gallery, and those following either @CPFBakerstreet or @GHGLondon on twitter.
An introduction to Tea. 21/12
A short talk by translator and chinese culture expert Christine Ni on the world's most popular drink (after water). There will be a chance to sample Teas from China’s top growing regions. This event is free, but space may be limited.