VITAL FORCES – FOOD IN CONTEXT
Delving into Longjing, Ryokucha and Jejunum
Tea Time Talk No. 2
September 24, 5 pm
with porcelain artist
and tea sommelier
at DIDEROT, Raabestr. 1, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
In an artist talk, Maria Volokhova shared with us what inspired her to venture into creating her wonderful Jejunum Teapot series and how she uses porcelain as a material, which connects art and design, the functional and the figurative. Not only did she give a wonderful presentation, but brought some of her work for us to see. She follows her own interests - no matter what - and weaves them with detailed research and complicated test periods into this difficult medium. Her work challenges the porcelain tradition by experimenting with traditional technique and decoration in order to respond to contemporary questions.
Lukas Parobij gave us a fascinating lecture about Chinese tea, historic facts including those commonly misinterpreted, integrated in a tea tasting. He taught us how to sharpen out senses by smelling the tea upfront in a dry and a wet stage, followed by the tea itself, first and second steeps. He is most knowledgable and passionate and gave us a small insight into the vast culture and tradition of Chinese tea and Japanese tea, Gongfu cha, Matcha craze and other coming and going tea trends in history.
About our guests
Maria Volokhova, born 1980 in Kiew, Ukraine, studied Painting /Printmaking in Germany, Italy and USA. Since 2006 Volokhova started to use porcelain as a material creating functional objects on the boarder between the Fine Arts and the Product Design. She studied Ceramics at the Tokyo University of the Arts (GEIDAI) and get practiced at several porcelain manufactories in Germany. 2010 she founded her studio „Volokhova Porcelain" in Berlin. Her works have received numerous awards, and were exhibited internationally in Europe, Asia , USA and South America. For example with Premio Faenza (Italy) and Gyeonggi Biennale (S. Korea ), Ceramics Prize Diessen and NASPA Prize for young ceramics. She received Mobukagusho Scholarship and a Scholarship of the Artist Association of Saxony-Anhalt.
For over 15 years, Tea-expert Lukas Parobij dedicates himself to his passion tea. After having completed his studies in Japanese Studies, he worked for a Japanese Tea Company and began to develop a deep interest for green tea and its culture. Today he is a trained tea sommelier, working for one of the leading German Tea-sellers TeeGschwendner. Wishing to share his passion and knowledge, Luka Parobij regularly gives seminars and workshops about tea, to pass on the fascinating variety and depth about the elegant drink and ancient culture.
About our TeaTimeTalks
TeaTimeTalks are artist talk series, salon style with tea and sandwiches, presents food artist and designer Kristiane Kegelmann. High Tea design will be delivered by Inés Lauber. We thank Tee Gschwendner for a selection of some of their first class teas for the Tea Talk Series.
Within our think tank, VITAL FORCES – FOOD IN CONTEXT, SATELLITE BERLIN is dedicating this artist talk series to artists and designers, who work with food, or on/with the topic of food culture.
Matters, whether political, scientific, philosophical or social gossip were discussed and shared while enjoying coffee and tea throughout Europe for centuries. It is yet another way to create a dialogue, in which we seek to deepen the collective thoughts about cultural and social developments and another opportunity for the audience to engage in our ongoing research about food in context. This in the enjoyable setting of a salon-style afternoon tea, or high tea.
Photography: © Nora Novak, 2017