Sawami Aoki's

Tea Ceremony Ceramic Exhibition 

青木沢美 茶道具の陶芸個展

October 20 - November 20, 2022

On View during regular hours

Souheki Mori's

Casual Tea Ceremony

森 宗碧 気軽な茶会

Saturday, October 29

Sunday, October 30

Reservation available, please click here

at Setsugekka East Village

We are pleased to announce that Sawami Aoki will be holding a ceramic exhibition at Setsugekka.

Sawami is a multiple award-winning artist in various mediums including oil painting, ceramics, sculptures, design and photography. This exhibit will be Sawami's third at Setsugekka featuring tea ceremony ceramics, including her popular chaire––a tea container specific to the koicha (thick tea) ceremony, and shifuku––a silk pouch with drawstring for the tea container made from the cloth of men's ties (such as Brooks Brothers ties made in New York).

In Autumn 2020, Urasenke Chanoyu Center New York presented Sawami Aoki's tea container to Urasenke Konnichi-an in Kyoto, Japan. She also exhibits tea bowls, dishes, flower vases, and so on.


On the weekend of the 29th-30th of October, students of Souheki Mori will be holding casual tea ceremony, assisted by Junya Mori,  in conjunction with Sawami's exhibition. Please kindly note that seats for the tea ceremony are limited, so please register early. Thank you.

We are looking forward to welcoming you and enjoying Sawami's beautiful artworks together.






青木氏の展示は3度目の開催となり、今回は茶道で使われる道具を中心に展示される。2019年の個展で人気を博した仕覆と呼ばれる茶入専用のポーチも青木氏の手作り。裂地はブルックスブラザーズのネクタイを解いて作られたもので青木氏らしいセンスが光る。2020年秋に裏千家千敬史様 若宗匠格式継承のお祝いに裏千家ニューヨーク出張所より青木氏の茶入が寄贈された。茶入の他にも、お茶碗、お皿、花入なども展示販売される。




Artist's Profile

Sawami Aoki  青木沢美

Being a wife and mother, Sawami Aoki started her career as an artist after she moved to New York in 1985. Using technique of pottery from 1994, her works always reflect who she is, and make everyone smile.

Born and raised in Japan.


1977 - 1984   Shukugawagakuin College

 (Commercial Design, Sculptures and Oil Paintings)


2008   Brooklyn Green point Library

 “Green point 100” - Group Exhibition (New York)

2016   Japan Information Center Gallery, Consulate General of Japan in N.Y.

“NEKO TEN - Cat art by five women” - Group Exhibition (New York)

2015   Japan Information Center Gallery, Consulate General of Japan in N.Y.

“Pottery in Life” – Group Exhibition (New York)

2015   Café Lantern

“Cat Photo Exhibition” - Solo Exhibition (Ikeda City, Osaka, Japan)

2014   Globus Washitsu

“Ceramic and Cat Photo Exhibition” - Solo Exhibition (New York)

2018   Setsugekka

“Cats in the 80"s of NY" Photography and Ceramic Exhibition” - Solo Exhibition (New York)

2018   Gallery Saika

“Cat Exhibition” - Group Exhibition (Ibaraki, Japan)

2018   Gallery Ryo

“Cat Exhibition” - Group Exhibition (Osaka, Japan)

2019 Setsugekka

"Chanoyu Made in USA" - Solo Exhibition (New York)



Urasenke Chanoyu Center New York has presented Sawami Aoki's tea container to Urasenke Konnichi-an in Kyoto, Japan.



1977   First prize in Art Contest by Hyogo Prefecture (Japan)

1979   First prize in Commercial Design Contest by Hyogo Prefecture (Japan)

1982   Third prize in Rose Garden Art Contest by Kobe City (Japan)

1994   Third prize in Art Contest by Ikeda City

1991   Third prize in “Pet Photo Contest”  by Asahi Newspaper

2016   Third prize in “17th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Competition” by Ceramic Artist Friendship Association, Inc

Souheki Mori  森 宗碧

Souheki Mori was born and raised in Japan. She has studied the Japanese tea ceremony for over twenty 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, 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 April, 2017, Mori opened a matcha tea house named Setsugekka in East Village.Setsugekka offers not only just a cup of matcha beverage but also a meditative moment for busy mind which only a tea master who has over 20 years training can offer. Mori’s grounded, calm presence is almost a balm to visitors who enter a beautiful space.


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.

Tea Ceremony

Autumn Tea Ceremony by the Students of Souheki Mori

The tea ceremony apprentices will conduct a casual Japanese tea ceremony, assisted by Junya Mori, during which you may enjoy the latest ceramics by Sawami Aoki. Special sweets will be served.

●Date & Time

  Saturday, October 29, 1 pm / 2 pm/ 3pm / 4 pm

  Sunday, October 30,  1 pm / 2 pm/ 3pm / 4 pm





●Maximum number of guest

   3 people


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