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A perfect stranger

25 June 2014

at 21:08 by Seb

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12th trip to Taiwan. 12th visit to Allan’s noodles stand (the Taiwanese love those English names) in the centre of Luku village. But who is Allan?

In 2003, along with Jasmin, we were hunting down quality producers of Dong Ding, the famous wulong produced near Luku. At the end of a fruitless day, we decided relax at the noodle stand we had spotted earlier. After a few cold beers and a plate of noodles and shrimp, we gave business cards to the Chef Allan who had asked us what we were up to in this corner of Taiwan. On our cards, in Mandarin, were the words: Tea importer.

Just then a passer by stopped by to grab a portion of noodles. Allan exclaimed: “Hey this guy is a good producer of tea!” passing our card to him. Thus was the beginning of a lasting friendship with Chen Yu Nen, who has become a great friend over the years and a reliable source of Dong Ding and Shan Lin Xi.

So now, 12 years later, our favourite Taiwanese producer, Mr. Nen Yu and his friend, Mr. Lin, who runs the Luku tea competition, will be our guests next fall during our annual ‘miXtea’ event (details this summer). Meet them, discover their world and enjoy some exceptional teas.

Hugo et Allan

All because of a plate of noodles 12 years ago!

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Chantal Auger – From function comes beauty

4 June 2014

at 9:03 by Seb

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Chantal Auger had a passion for ceramics from a very early age: “I wanted a job that required as much mental effort as manual labor. When I walked into a pottery workshop at the age of 17, I knew that this is what I would do with my life.” She did her training at the School of Fine Arts in Aix-en-Provence and at the Cégep in Old Montreal. For four decades she has refined her art.

Her passion for the craft has not wavered and she still appreciates, as she says “the full and sole responsibility for the creation, from clay to finished product.” “The education that gives the material its requirements, constraints … This craft requires the conscious presence of the whole being, body and soul, “she says.

Auger CShe uses both stoneware and porcelain to create utilitarian pieces in relation to food. Her glazes are made from a clay base which the kiln, with its alchemical power, reveals as simple and rustic character.

She has a great respect for Eastern philosophies, particularly the aesthetics of the tea ceremony. In her work the function creates the form and usefulness creates beauty “… as I’m working on a tea bowl or a coffee cup, my preoccupations concern the function of this object, how it is held, how it adapts to the lips to drink, how it rests, elegance, fluidity of form.” Tea and infusions guide the design and manufacture of her teapots, in order to arrive at a finished object she will be proud of: balanced and perfectly meeting its function.

From the book by the potter Bernard Leach, she quotes this phrase (from the Song of Hindu potters) which found a place in her studio and in her heart at the beginning of her career and has never left it since, “Oh! My heart! Be not like the wheel, but be as the center of the wheel which stands at rest. Though the wheel turns so actively, it is because the center is stationary. ”

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