nag stairwell and galleries sponsored with the paints of Farrow and Ball.

Black is the darkest colour resulting from the absence or complete absorption of light and consequently has associations with emptiness and The Void. In art and religion, the idea of the Void has been explored from Taoism and Buddhism to Modernism, for which “Nothingness“ leads to abstraction as a refusal of the representational image. Ad Reinhardt described his black squares as a search for an image like that of the Buddha: breathless, timeless, styleless, lifeless, deathless, endless. 

The art of the tea ceremony is in its process.  The expertise is demonstrated with each controlled gesture. Objects used are handled and placed with precision.  Each and every moment of movement is relished as if that single one were the most important of the whole.  The drinking of the tea is merely the final part of the whole experience. It takes many cha wan to be thrown or moulded before the potter accepts the one that is felt to be right. These creative principles are beautiful and the techniques learned, practiced, and disciplined. 

Raku ware is a type of Japanese pottery used in the tea ceremonies and is traditionally characterised by being hand shaped rather than thrown.  Raku Pottery was developed in Japan in the early 1500's as the Ceremonial Tea Ware of the Zen Buddhist Masters.  The word Raku signifies enjoyment of freedom.  It was preferred by the Masters because of its humility, unpretentiousness, simple naturalness, and deliberate avoidance of luxury.  All aspects of the Zen philosophy. 

The daifukucho and textile hanging in Gallery 2 were bought from tatami-antiques in Tokyo.