Tranquil Tuesdays at the Smithsonian Museum!
I’ve been dying to share this exciting news FOR MONTHS so I am so excited to finally announce:
You can find Tranquil Tuesdays’ entire tea and teaware collections available for purchase at the Smithsonian Museum’s Freer and Sackler gift shops in Washington DC on the National Mall!
To launch our relationship with the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Gallery gift store, I will be hosting an in-person tea tasting which you are invited to:
Sunday December 8
My Own Personal Relationship Enjoying the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Galleries…
I still remember the first time my parents took my sister and I to visit Washington D.C. when we were in elementary school and our trips to the Smithsonian museum (picture above).
That first trip to the Smithsonian discovering the art and artifacts from around the world impacted my lifelong curiosity for travel and learning about other cultures around the world.
Later, when I joined the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer right after college, I was based in DC for training and would always enjoy the great Asia-related cultural programs and events at the Freer Sackler such as the annual Iranian or Hong Kong film festivals.
Seeing Thomas Dewing’s painting Sylvan Sounds for the first time in the Freer Gallery in 2002 touched me as such a soothing expression of natural tranquility and I remember gazing at it for a while. So I am thrilled that it is currently on display again!
Having Tranquil Tuesdays’ collection of Chinese tea and teaware gifts available at a museum that means so much to me personally is such a treat!
The Smithsonian—America’s Premier Arts, Cultural, and Research Museum
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.
Researching the Smithsonian’s founding vision and mission also illuminates why partnering with the Smithsonian is such a privilege for us to share more about Chinese tea and tea culture with new audiences.
The uniting mission of the Smithsonian is “The increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Revealing and sharing our knowledge of Chinese tea and tea culture is one of the central missions of Tranquil Tuesdays.
Partnering with the Smithsonian—an institution so dedicated to sharing knowledge and building cultural understanding— is such a great fit and honor.
Freer Sackler Galleries—the Smithsonian’s Asian Art Haven
The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery which are both connected underground (where the gift shop is!) and commonly known together as the Freer Sackler.
The Freer Sackler says, “Our mantra is to present the best in Asian art while enabling our visitors to walk through a vivid timeline of world cultures” and we are honored to enhance this experience with our distinctly Chinese teas and teaware gifts available for purchase at the Freer Sackler gift store.
Hope to see you December 8 at our Tea Tasting at the Freer Sackler!
We are so thrilled to be part of the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler launch of Tranquil Tuesdays tea and teaware gift collections in Washington D.C. and hope you can come by to join the tea tasting we are hosting December 8.
Finding Unique Asian-inspired Gifts in Washington DC
So if you are looking for a great Asian inspired gift, please pop-over to the Freer Sackler Gift store.
If you want even more reasons to head over to the Freer Sackler, pasted below are some highlighted China related exhibits that I handpicked which I can’t wait to check out when I’m there in December, and which might interest you too:
“Then as now, the Silk Road enabled the long-distance exchange of luxury goods—colorful silks, silver and gold objects, delicate glass, as well as the sharing of ideas, customs, and religious beliefs.
During this era of peace and stability, the capital at Chang’an (modern Xi’an) became the largest city in the world. Its cosmopolitan society sought fresh ideas and expensive goods from afar.”
As you might remember from one of our earlier blog posts, the Tang Dynasty is also when tea culture first flourished in China and Chinese tea has always been one of China’s premiere luxuries that it traded with other nations.
“Two dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection highlight these glazes and the skills of Song dynasty (960–1279) artisans.”
You know Tranquil Tuesdays takes our ceramic teaware seriously with our regular trips to Jingdezhen to handcraft our teaware collections so we can’t wait to see this exhibit of ancient Chinese ceramics.
Women in Chinese Painting (starting Nov 9)
“In the Confucian ideology that pervaded traditional Chinese society for more than two thousand years, women did not determine the course of their own lives. Despite these strictures, women played a critical role in creating and sustaining the economic and cultural fabric of Chinese society. Illustrating some of the active roles played by women in traditional Chinese society, the thirty works in this exhibition introduce goddesses, court ladies, empresses, silk makers, entertainers, courtesans, literary heroines, military figures, and the only woman to rule China as emperor.”
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