“Tea’s proper use is to amuse the idle, relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot exercise,” said English writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson, who reputedly drank 25 cups of tea each day. Indeed, no other plant has influenced human history as much as camellia sinensis, the tea plant. From China, India, and Russia, to the Middle East, England, and the Americas, tea has played a key role in politics (the Opium War), trade (the Russian caravan), technology (clipper ships, porcelain), and craftsmanship (furniture, teapots.). Join us to sample a half-dozen fine teas from around the world, as we enjoy a visual history of tea, from fierce Tibetans guarding the “Tea Route” and vast English tea gardens, to rare Chinese teapots. Snacks will accompany the tastings and you’ll take home plenty of samples. Bring a favorite mug or two to class.
Paul Angiolillo discovered the contemplative pleasures and soothing benefits of tea as an undergraduate at Yale U. in the 1970s. Since then, he has expanded his interest in this world’s most-popular drink (after water), while working as a journalist and an editor. To gain more experience in fine teas, he has also worked at Upton Tea Imports (Holliston MA). Paul has also been creating sculptures and functional “art” objects for several decades, in both representational and abstract styles. For many years he studied with master sculptor Joseph Wheelwright in Boston. Paul has shown his works in galleries, art centers, libraries, museum shops (deCordova, Fuller Craft), and other venues, as well as in many outdoor exhibits.