Wagatabon Tea Tray I
Wagatabon Tea Tray I 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’s work is inspired by the dialogue between Western and Japanese cultures. This tray forms part of a collection of tea trays made using the rare Japanese heritage craft of wagatabon carving. Wagatabons are wooden trays once made by roof shingle makers in the small Japanese village of Wagatani during the 17th century. The craft of wagatabon carving disappeared in the 1960s before being resuscitated by a handful of artisans in Japan and around the world.
cm: Width 20cm, Depth 19cm, Height 3cm
inches: Width 7.9in, Depth 7.5in, Height 1.2in
Care Instructions: Wipe clean using warm water and a soft cloth or brush. Dry out immediately. Due to the nature of the wood used, this item may have existing cracks and knots which may evolve slightly over time, furthering their unique character and celebrating the beauty of imperfection.