The Craft of Tea 1660-2024: Exhibition Catalogue

The Craft of Tea 1660-2024: Exhibition Catalogue

The Craft of Tea 1660-2024 is published to coincide with the exhibition of the same name held at the Goldsmiths’ Centre (1 May – 27 June 2024) developed in partnership with the Chitra Collection.

This catalogue presents extraordinary teawares from the Chitra Collection alongside modern and contemporary examples, to explore the material history of tea, stylistically and thematically, from 1660 to the present day.

For centuries, tea has inspired a rich material culture characterised by skilled and innovative craftsmanship. The expertise of makers throughout the ages is demonstrated by the teawares explored in the catalogue. Structured around eight themes, the catalogue takes you on a journey from the early beginnings of the tea trade in Europe, through tea drinking as ritual, power and rebellion, to the boundary pushing teapots of the modern and contemporary period.

Over sixty pieces are illustrated in colour. Amongst the historical examples in each section, you’ll find a contemporary counterpart that responds to or extends the ideas under consideration.

The catalogue also features two essays, by Evelyn Earl and John Andrew, and an interview with silversmith Chris Knight.

Edited by Charlotte Dew, Evelyn Earl, Grace Fannon and Gregory Parsons.

Published by The Goldsmiths’ Centre

Text and images © The Goldsmiths’ Centre and Chitra Collection

Pages: 70, Soft Cover

ISBN: 978-0-907814-45-0

Dimensions: 170 x 190 mm