Join us for our third tea talk and interactive workshop series, “History in a Bowl of Tea: Tea in the Ming and Qing Period" (1368-1912). Learn how the loose leaf teas we love today have their origins in the monumental shifts that marked the period of the Ming in Qing, from experimentation in oxidation and pan-frying to inventive brewing techniques and international trade. Explore the impact scholars, poets, emperors, and artisans had on tea art and the development of gong fu cha (literally the “skill and challenge of brewing tea”). Examine antique teawares from the Ming and Qing period and learn about the evolution of tea brewing, from teabowl to gaiwan to Yixing teapot. This event will include tea tastings of China’s famous teas accompanied by step-by-step demonstrations of Ming and Qing period tea preparation.