The Chawan of Masashi Suzuki are made for the traditional Tea Ceremony.  They are functional as a vessel but the process of creating them is not mass produced.  They are unique objects.  Chawan have the same qualities in execution, concept and context as non functional fine art.  They are part of a philosophical process where form is a part of ceremony which is a part of a philosophical way of being. In war torn feudal Japan the Tea Ceremony started as a moment of equality and peace achieved through ceremonial discipline. 

 The disciplines from the early 1950's and 1960's artists who were influenced by Eastern inspiration and Zen Buddhist philosophy are still being demonstrated today in contemporary art practice.  It is a way of finding a certain balance through art as a practitioner of that discipline or as an appreciator of that art. What is of additional interest is when the traditions of functional art such as working with clay and weaving are embraced with the same repetitive process driven practice as demonstrated in the work of Jane Proctor. The drawings are an integral part of her routine. The creative process is therapeutic. Each line is drawn like a thread by hand with a brush or dip pen. The process is deliberately time consuming; disciplined, and has similarities to a ceremony that creates equality and peace.

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