Nomad Tea Ceremony Collection


Nomad Tea Ceremony by Cyriaque Ambroise is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. The collection delves into humanity’s ever resourceful and ingenious making traditions with plants.

Cyriaque was inspired by the dialogue between Western and Japanese cultures and painstakingly carved the entire tea set from one single maple tree. The groove pattern is inspired by Japanese dry gardens (Karesansui 枯⼭⽔), representing ripples in water and providing a moment of meditation. Cyriaque deliberately retains knots, spalted coloration and surface texture within the pieces, as a reflection on the imperfect and living modestly. His meditative process involves only simple hand tools and results in highly individual pieces with soul.

Material: Maple
From: Width 5cm, Depth 5cm, Height 4cm To: Width 32cm, Depth 23cn, Height 13cm
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By using simple hand tools, Cyriaque’s slow and measured technique allows nature to lead, following the grain of the wood and the natural forms. Each piece in the set is made with a variety of wood carving techniques.
The Maker Cyriaque Ambroise Artist - London

Cyriaque Ambroise is a French artist who embraces the philosophy of simple living. He works between London, Paris and the Morvan Regional Natural Park in Burgundy, France. From his open-air studios, he creates unique objects and sculptural pieces, using natural materials, which he sources locally and ethically. Fallen branches and trunks, foraged in forests and parks constitute his main material, which he instinctively and rhythmically carves. As a tea enthusiast, Cyriaque is inspired by wabi-cha and creates a collection of objects dedicated to the Japanese ceremony every year, for the autumn equinox.