I am overjoyed to have been honored by the Tea Institute at Penn State as they announce our new new art gallery in the Chinese Tea House.
The gallery came about because of the work of he leadership after me, particularly the 2nd Executive Director, Ryan Ahn, and the 3rd Executive Director, Zongjun Li. The two of them raised funds for the renovation of the Chinese Tea House, and included the installation of an art gallery in the new design.
Nearly the entire collection of the institute is ceramic tea ware, including pieces dating back to the Song Dynasty. That collection has been donated to us by individuals who want to see these pieces continue to be used for their propose. The Tea Institute is one of the only places where museum pieces are not kept behind glass – where we continue to keep the tradition of tea, with original wares, alive.
A much smaller part of our collection is calligraphy, from China, Taiwan, and Korea. These pieces have nearly all been written specifically for the Institute, which makes this a very unique collection.
Overall, I am overjoyed at the growth and continued success of the Institute, and look forward to many more years of teaching and preserving the practice of tea.