The Craft of Tea 1660-2024

The Craft of Tea: 1660-2024
Wed 1 May –Thu 27 June 2024
9am –6pm, Mon –Fri, Free admission
The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD

The Craft of Tea: 1660-2024 is a free exhibition at the Goldsmiths’ Centre that explores the material history of tea, stylistically and thematically from 1660 to the present day. It presents remarkable silver objects from The Chitra Collection, an extraordinary private museum of historic teawares, alongside examples by modern and contemporary makers.

Over forty notable pieces from the collection will be displayed, spanning the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. They will be exhibited together with loans from The Pearson Silver Collection, The Goldsmiths’ Company Collection and individual makers. The Chitra Collection team has been a long-term contributor to the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s public and training programmes. The co-curated exhibition is a unique chance for members of the jewellery and silversmithing industry, Londoners and visitors to the Goldsmiths’ Centre to view examples from this incredible collection.

The exhibition is divided into eight themes that take you on a journey from the early beginnings of tea trade in Europe, through tea taking as ritual, power and rebellion, to the boundary pushing teapots of the modern and contemporary period. The exhibits are global in scope, whilst also questioning the preoccupations of UK silversmiths today. Amongst the historical examples in each thematic display, you will find a contemporary counterpart that responds to or extends the ideas under consideration.

Whatever your interest – visual, historical, or practical – we hope that you will enjoy this celebration of the craft of making tea.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre

The Goldsmiths’ Centre supports the jewellery and silversmithing industry to embrace learning as an essential lifelong practice.

‘Our mission is to foster capability at every link in the chain, making ongoing professional development visible and accessible to all. Through technical courses and business support, affordable workspace, funding opportunities and events we aim to close the industry’s skills gap, so that creativity, craftsmanship and community can thrive.’

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