Meet artist Richard Brandt and learn about his work and process. An exhibition of his teawares will be on display in the garden through October, 2017.
Artwork is available for purchase through the Garden Shop. Lan Su members receive 10% off of art purchases.
Richard Brandt has been studying and making art for many years. While studying photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York he discovered his love for making sculpture. After trying many materials such as, steel, bronze, and glass, he found clay. He feels that clay is the perfect material to express his deep connection to nature. Brandt was especially inspired by photographs of older Japanese wabi style pottery associated with Chado (Japanese Tea Ceremony). He knew he had found a valuable source of guidance from these Japanese potters some of whom lived hundreds of years ago. To gain even a deeper understanding he began to study Chado in 2001 in Portland, Oregon. The study of tea continues to deepen his appreciation of Japanese culture and the profound potential for clay to express his sense of nature and beauty.
In 2001 he received a scholarship to study with Ah Leon at Penland School of Crafts. While there he learned the unique Taiwanese style of making tea pots, cups, pitcher, and other utensils used in the “gung fu cha” style of brewing. He appreciates the unglazed clay and how it develops a relationship with it’s owner and the tea. With proper care, over time, a patina appears which deepens through out the life of the tea pot.
He shows his work at the Portland Japanese Gardens, the Jasmine Pearl Tea Co. and through out the Pacific North West and Japan. Currently he teaches ceramics at Portland Community College, Portland Oregon, USA.
Art exhibitions at Lan Su Chinese Garden are supported in part by