The Kick-About #60 ‘A Chawan Is A Bowl’

Thoughts on what is involved in serving tea.

Red's Kingdom

I wonder if Augustus Osbourne Lamplough (our previous Kick-About prompt) ever sipped tea as he laboured at his paintings under some far-off afternoon sun? We’ll never know, but tea is clearly a tonic for the Kick-About collective, as these latest examples of new works made in a short time will illustrate.

Kerfe Roig

“I constructed my chawan of tea-dyed paper—the outside of watercolor paper, the inside a coffee filter. The tea leaves took to each in a different way.I found a paper plate bowl online, and copied the pattern, then sewed my vessel together in my own (imperfect) way. It resembles birchbark baskets made by Native Americans more than Japanese ceramics, and certainly would hold no liquid. But the spirit invoked is the same.”

Rituals evolve–
each step repeated, echoed,
but never mirrored
exactly, never complete.
We construct vessels
to replace our ungrown wings–
imperfect, always–
impossible, fragile, filled

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16 responses to “The Kick-About #60 ‘A Chawan Is A Bowl’”

  1. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    I like how your bowls came out. Yes it does look like birchbark. And your poem is very nice, ungrown wings and all.

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  2. neil reid says :

    Still gotta say, me confused, these kick-about (but maybe am starting to figure now). Preamble enough. Your bowl is how creativity likes to be, seems to me. (ever hear of the Brenden leather boat voyage, stitched like your bowl? your fault to make me associate.) Yours is very drop down do it now – what you got to the quest/creative challenge. Well responded. Your words and poem too. More amazing, you.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks. If you follow Red’s Kingdom, you will get the new prompt every two weeks (at the bottom of this one is the new one). All are welcome to join in, no restrictions on what you choose to do.


  3. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    The medium for your bowls couldn’t be better; I love the result. A cup of fresh air can be all a person needs.

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  4. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I loved your interesting contribution, Kerfe, and your poem too.

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  5. Aletha Kuschan says :

    Lovely accompaniment to the tea I’m drinking as I read. Love the sewn bowl and enigmatic words.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. judeitakali says :

    Can I eat pop corn in the chawan? Loved yours and the poetry.

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