PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester's Clay Art Center hosted nearly 100 clay and tea enthusiasts at Tea Immersion on Saturday, March 1.
The event included a presentation about the culture of tea, the history of teapots and how teapots fit into contemporary life. The first part of the event was staged in the truck bay at the volunteer Port Chester Fire House, where more than 90 clay and tea enthusiasts heard from presenters Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary, Senior Curator at Newark Museum Ulysses Dietz and Vice President of Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders Michael Harney.
"Their image presentations, which spanned from the beginning of tea to the broad use and creation of teapots today, were followed by lively discussion moderated by Judith Schwartz, professor of art and art professions at NYU, who tied the subjects together nicely with well-staged questions to the panelists and the audience," representatives said.
The group then walked next door to Clay Art Center’s Gallery to look at teapots from 75 clay artists in the National Invitational Exhibition TeaTime and experience and enjoy teas from around the world, according to the release.
"All in all, attendees at the event experienced the broad spectrum of tea - from its history, its many varieties and its culture to its art form, to the tea sandwiches and tea cookies," representatives said. "Tea lovers had the opportunity to meet clay lovers, and we all learned from each other. Of the 90 attendees, 29 were college students from SUNY Purchase, Queens College, and Adelphi University, who were invited to attend the event at no charge."