In Love
Social Distancing
Laminated colour clay
Aye, aye, captain
Bamboo Tea Brewing set
Calmness!
Manifestation of my own galaxy
Track
Wanderlust
Tea after pandemic
Laboratory (II)
Robot tea ware
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Promoting an appreciation for ceramic art and tea drinking culture

The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware started the “Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters Competition” in 1986, aiming to encourage public interest in tea appreciation and ceramic art. This 12th edition of the competition has been enthusiastically received by local potters with 458 tea set submissions, of which nine-ty-six are on display.

Over the years, the competition has created a platform for ceramic lovers to observe and learn from each other. Transforming clay into aesthetic and functional vessels requires an understanding of different types of clay and skill in manipulating the material, whether that be by pinching, slab-building, beating, throwing or moulding — and then a lot of understanding and a bit of luck firing the clay at over 1,000 degrees C in a kiln. 

Each year entries are judged on originality, artistic creativity, production techniques and functionality. This year’s shortlisted and winning works of the open category illustrate the versatility of ceramic tea ware and cover a wide range of topics. There are works that respond to current social affairs, such as life amidst the pandemic; observation of nature; thoughts about tea culture; and reflections on personal life. In terms of expressive techniques, some works demonstrate the creator’s pursuit of traditional craftsmanship, as shown in zisha (purple clay) pots. Others show the marriage of visual elements and a variety of forms and shapes. Different artistic styles are conveyed through a range of special decorative techniques.