Linda Mosley on sat 22 apr 00
Aiko Ichimura's stories are so charming, and remind me
of some wonderful experiences. My first view of Chado
(The Way of Tea) was at the University of Illinois -
Champaign-Urbana in the 60's when Shozo Sato began an
introductory class on Chado, Ikebana, and Sumi-e. From
then on I was fascinated with the "dance" of hands and
disciplined, refined, and creative composition of
utensils used. The tea ceremony is an action that
focuses one's attention on the moment - a way of using
ceramic and other materials as an aesthetic experience
that engages all the senses - not just the eyes.
When I studied with an Urasenke sensei in Chicago for
a year, I learned from her not only tea practice, but
her gentle way of teaching. I like the way the
Japanese avoid saying "no". It puts learning in a
positive light. It suggests positive alternatives
rather than limits action; it opens instead of shuts
When I went to Japan, I learned even more about
composition in space when viewing gardens. All these
wonderful experiences have influenced my work for many
years and I feel very fortunate to have stumbled into
it during my formative years in school.
ceramic instructor, St. Louis Community College - FV
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