THE FLOWING - CHINESE TEA TRAY

 

2014

Materials: walnut, hard maple edging, rosewood corner splines

Finish: pure tung oil

 

Kung Fu tea ceremony is a Chinese cultural activity involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea. The term literally means "making tea with effort" and this act is a way to maximize the taste of a tea selection. A tray or a plate is to hold water spills.

The concept of The Flowing tea tray is to combine the sensation of making tea with traditional Chinese landscape ink wash painting, which has a strong reference to Taoist (Daoist) imagery and motifs. The lid was modeling in Rhinoceros 3D using a height field map edited by Photoshop, and machined in CNC. Box was carefully hand crafted in splined mitre joint and a solid maple edging.