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Chabako (茶箱) meaning "tea box", is a miniature outdoor tea collection curated by tea-master Masanobu Ando. Inspired by the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, this heirloom-quality, hand-crafted 7-piece set is a collaboration between three artisans: the ceramic components were made by Masanobu Ando, the silverware by Mami Hasegawa, and the textiles by Akiko Ando.
Limited edition of one tea set.
Masanobu Ando is a ceramicist and Tea Master based in Tajimi City. Masanobu Ando graduated from Musashina Art University under their Sculpture program. His focus shifted from conceptual art to a commitment to the tea ceremony and creating tea ceremony utensils as well as objects of everyday use. Masanobu Ando creates his own unique glazes using natural materials that begin to oxidize and change with age and use. These glazes can resemble different materials like silver, iron, or rust.
Mami Hasegawa continues her family's distinguished legacy of traditional tea ceremony metalwork, creating objects with a natural softness and warmth. After graduating from Waseda University, Mami Hasegawa studied metalworking at the Tokyo Craft Design school and apprenticed with tea ceremony craftsman Ichibousai Shunsen. She has been exhibiting her work since 1981.