Judy Weddle Ceramic Exhibition
June 3 - July 3, 2022
Opening Reception on Friday, June 3, 5 pm - 7 pm
No reservation required. Please join us!
Tea & Incense Ceremony by Souheki Mori
森 宗碧 茶会と聞香
Sunday, June 19, 11am / Sunday, June 26, 11 am
Please make a reservation at the bottom of this page
at Setsugekka East Village
We are pleased to announce that we will be holding ceramic exhibition by Judy Weddle, and Souheki Mori will hold Japanese tea ceremony and incense ceremony in conjunction with exhibition. The title is "The Many Faces of Each Small Thing: Vessels for the Japanese Tea Ceremony."
Judy Weddle is ceramic artist based in New York City where she works at Greenwich House Pottery in the West Village. She grew up in Western Colorado in a part of the country where a confluence of the Rocky Mountains, fertile Colorado River valley and sunbaked desert landscape have inspired artists for centuries. As the daughter of a horticulturist, Judy had her hands in soil from a young age, but it took many years for that influence to find expression in clay. She had first contact with pottery as an art form as a teenager through her brother who studied with some of the West’s early experimenters in “American Raku.” Judy followed a more practical path, studying political science and philosophy, plus a little art, at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and receiving an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoyed a successful career in investment banking and executive search before becoming a potter.
Judy’s work in ceramics grew out of a life-long love of tea and a fascination with the unique history shared between tea and clay. It was to gain a deeper understanding of her own extensive tea ware collection that brought Judy to Greenwich House in 2017. What she thought would be one class quickly turned into a life passion. In 2018, she attended a workshop with Ken Matsuzaki, one of Japan’s most celebrated ceramic artists, and immediately felt the pull of the Japanese aesthetic that has inspired her work ever since. Judy traveled to Japan in 2019 with Jeff Shapiro where she was able to interact with some of the country’s most iconic master potters, among them Suzuki Goro, Shiro Tsujimura, Tomoo Hamada, LTN Jun Isezaki, Koichiro Isezaki, and Ryuichi Kakurezaki. Judy also studies Chanoyu, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, under the guidance of Souheki Mori of the Dai Nihon Chado Gakki (Japan Tea Ceremony Association), in order to imbue her own creations with a personal experience of the culture and special practices that embrace them.
Judy describes herself as a Teapotter, referring to the growing number of ceramic artists outside the traditional tea producing countries dedicated to making artisanal tea wares. The focus of her work is on creating specialized pottery for brewing and enjoying tea, with an emphasis on the unique equipage used in both Chinese and Japanese tea rituals. Judy believes there is a magical affinity between tea and the vessels involved in its preparation and in carrying it to the senses. She strives in her pottery to capture that affinity and thereby elevate the overall tea experience.
During this exhibition, Japanese tea and Incense ceremony hosted by Souheki Mori with Judy's artworks will be held on Sunday, June 19 from 11 am and on Sunday, June 29 from 11 am respectively. Please kindly note that the seats for each ceremony are limited, so please register early. Thank you for your kind understanding.
We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing the pleasant surprise of discovering the many beautiful faces in each piece of Judy’s artwork.
Judy K. Weddle
Ceramic Artist, Teapotter
Earlham College – Richmond, Indiana BA, Political Science
Wharton Graduate School of Business, University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA MBA, Finance
International Tea Masters Association
Tea Masters Certification, 2014-2017
Final Thesis - “The Power of the Pot: Seeking Affinity Between Teapot and Tea”
Camellia Sinensis – Montreal, CA Summer Tea School, August 2018
Dai Nihon Chado Gakkai (Japan Association of the Tea Ceremony)
Student of the Japanese Tea Ceremony(Chanoyu) under Tea Master Souheki Mori, 2018 to Present
Greenwich House Pottery, NY, NY – September 2017 to Present
Teachers have included Julie Terestman, Kathy Erteman, Adam Welch, Suzy Goodelman and Julie Knight
Bandana Pottery (Naomi Dalglish & Michael Hunt) at Greenwich House Pottery, NY, NY – December 2017
Ken Matsuzaki at Alison Palmer Studio, South Kent, CT – June 2018
Samuel Johnson at Greenwich House Pottery, NY, NY – July 2018
Tomoo Hamada & Simon Leach at Alison Palmer Studio, South Kent, CT – Jun 2019 Akira Satake at Alison Palmer Studio, South Kent, CT – September 2019
Chris Staley at Greenwich House Pottery, NY, NY – September 2019
Ken Matsuzaki & Akira Satake, Online Workshop – July 2020
Jack Troy at Alison Palmer Studio, South Kent, CT – July 2021
Greenwich House Pottery Artists Exhibition – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
Souheki Mori was born and raised in Japan. She has studied the Japanese tea ceremony for over twenty five years under the Japan Association of the Tea Ceremony and received a certification as Japanese Tea Ceremony Master in 2003. Mori holds the title of Jufuku- an.
In 2011, she has established Tea-Whisk in New York City to introduce the beauty of the Japanese Tea Ceremony with Junya Mori. In 2012, she became a Contemporary Chanoyu Award Winner as a distinguished tea master.
Mori has hosted and conducted the Japanese Tea Ceremony in numerous places, such as American Museum of Natural History, Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall for Japan Week 2012 and 2015, and Japan Society. She has given a lecture on the Japanese Tea Ceremony at New York University, The New School, Fashion Institute of Technology, Queens College, and Birch Wathen Lenox school and many others around Tri State. She has also joined the tea ceremony internationally, including World Tea Gathering in Mexico, 2013 and Iceland in 2014, and the London Tea Club in U.K. in 2014.
In April 2017, Mori opened a matcha teahouse named Setsugekka in East Village, New York. Setsugekka offers not only just a cup of matcha beverage but also a meditative moment for busy mind that only a tea master who has over 25 years training can offer. Mori’s grounded and calm presence is almost a balm to visitors who enter a beautiful space. She also teaches Japanese tea ceremony three times a week and there are more than fifty students.
Mori values her relationships with talented artists, collaborated with them, and held tea events and exhibits blending their creative worlds with her own unique approach to the tea ceremony. She believes that within the tea ceremony is a force invisible and precious, and that one can achieve spiritual growth through practicing tea.
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Sun. June 19, 11 am - 12 pm
Admission: $50 per person
Souheki Mori, a Japanese tea ceremony master, will conduct an authentic Japanese tea ceremony. You will enjoy latest ceramics by Judy Weddle during the tea ceremony. Special sweets will be served.
Sun. June 26, 11 am - 12 pm
Admission: $50 per person
Souheki Mori, a Japanese tea ceremony master, will conduct an incense ceremony, Monkoh. You will enjoy latest ceramics by Judy Weddle during the incense ceremony. Matcha and dry sweets will be served.