The hotel was originally built in the 19th century to, as its name suggests, store and treat wool. It was later used to store other agricultural products, and in the 1950s turned into a Rural Merchandise store, supplying various items to local farmers. In 1997, it became a hotel. Valued by the National Trust, many parts of the building and equipment remain preserved for guests to view.
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International guest speaker
Tokyo-born Mari Shimizu grew up on the umami sweetness of traditional Japanese green teas, but it took a taste of a Chinese tea to introduce her to tea as a profession. Travelling with her father, she “met a cup of Chinese tea in Hong Kong to which my father was assigned”. The magical brew? Iron Kannon, a full-flavoured, older style Taiwanese oolong, reminiscent of a Fujian Iron Goddess (tieguanyin).
Captivated by the scent and aroma of this amber brew, so different from Japanese green tea, Mari decided to learn more and pursued a career in tea. More than 25 years later she shares with the Japanese community the pleasures of Chinese tea and its significance to and influence on Japanese tea culture.
Mari is a certified tea instructor and adviser, writer and specialist tea guide and holds the position of Vice-Executive Chairman for the Japanese branch of the Chinese International Tea Cultural Institute (CITCI). Through her writing, classes and presentations she promotes the teas that have become so significant in her tea journey. She is also the founder of Ecochakai, an eco-friendly Chinese tea festival which is the largest of its kind in Japan.
At AUSTCS 2019, Mari will present knowledge from both cultural aspects of Japanese and Chinese teas, from historical influences of China on Japanese tea culture to how modern Japan is engaging with traditional Chinese teas.
Ceramicist Minna Graham has been shaping a career in clay from a young age. With two art teachers for parents, she remembers playing in TAFE ceramics workshops while her dad taught after-hours classes. About a decade ago she became a professional ceramicist, and a couple of years after that she began to pay more attention to making teaware. “My knowledge of tea is growing all the time. I love making teaware as it allows me to be so creative and experimental,” she says.
This year she entered the AUSTCS Ceramic Cup Competition with four designs inspired by nature, in particular “the seasons and echoes of the way the land and flora changes as the year shifts”.
While her unique winning cups – exclusive to AUSTCS attendees in Hobart – are designed for all types of tea, she personally remains partial to a wholesome breakfast brew. “I’m a big fan of milky sweet English breakfast and I’m not ashamed to say it. I also love chai, if it’s a real one.”
Minna works from her studio in Daylesford, Victoria.
Find out more about her work: www.minnagrahamceramics.com
Chloe Holliday is a creative individual with a background in graphic design and photography. After completing her graphic design degree, Chloe went back to her roots to follow her lifelong passion for photography.
From humble beginnings shooting nature and landscapes, Chloe has progressed to portraiture and event photography. Her creative background provides her with a unique outlook that allows her to capture beautiful, timeless and intriguing photographs.
Chloe is the official event photographer for AUSTCS 2018.
Tea Essentials Talk
About this Event
When you pour hot water over your favourite tea leaves, do you ever wonder about their story? Whether you’re just discovering tea or have enjoyed a lifetime of drinking it, Tea Essentials covers Camellia sinensis in a manner that’s sure to gratify those thirsty for tea knowledge.
Presenter David Lyons will cover the origins of tea, what it is, how it is grown and processed and some of the things we should consider when purchasing and brewing these precious leaves.
This popular foundational talk has sold out at the Sydney and Melbourne Tea Festivals and is now available to Hobart tea lovers for one morning only.
This event is sponsored by Art of Tea, Hobart
Supported by The Old Woolstore, Hobart