Kettl Reflection + 50 Year object

1) Post documentation of your third FNBK entry

2)  Reflect on trip to Kettl

– What was the most inspiring/interesting part of the visit for you?

The most interesting part was when Zach demonstrated making some tea in front of us and explain where it comes from. I heard a story of people in Japan who grows teas in their farm and I got inspired about this idea of communicating directly to the source and cultural exchanges.

– After visiting the shop, do you think Kettl will become a Long Life Design business? Why/why not?

I think this will become a Long Life Design because they use a lot of different kind of ceramics that are used to make teas, and I think the traditional method of using those hand made cups are sustainable because it is not something that is thrown away once used, but is kept for a long time as a traidition/history.

– Name eight specific systems of air, water, energy and materials involved in Zach’s work at Kettl. Think about what kind of geography, tea, history, people in Japan & New York are essential to his work.

A lot of water is needed to sprinkle tea farms to grow them. Electricity is required to function airplane and because of the air that comes out from airplane, air quality is affected. Natural materials should be extracted from environment to make an airplane. Also, fossil fuels are burned during transportation to America. People near airport are affected because of the noise. A lot of packages are disposed. Electricity is used to run the shop.

– Do you think of Zach as an artist or a business person?  Is his work aesthetic?

Both but more like a business person. I think he has an important job of connecting with Japanese tea farms and bringing products to America. He enables those farmers to reach out to broader audiences overseas/

– Do you feel his work is “sustainable”?  In what ways?

I think the way he uses and suggest customers to use ceramics is a sustainable act but on the other hand, transportation from Japan to America spends a lot of energy and materials (airport, cars etc)

3) What is a beautiful object/design/cultural practice that you admire from your home country that has been created/in-production or enacted for longer than fifty years? Write a brief description (around a paragraph) about this object/practice’s history on your Learning Portfolio and explain what you think makes it so resilient (able to still be used/enjoyed/maintained for over 50 years). What are 10 systems (of air, water, energy, material) that this object/practice relies on to exist? Are any of these systems threatened by climate change?  Include an image on your LP and bring the object with you to class next week (if possible) for presentations.


In Korea, there is a material called red clay, which is used to build houses. It is a traditional method or material that has been used for over thousand years. They are not only used to build houses, but are also worn, eaten and used as a medicine. Based on the research, Asia continent is full of red clay so it is not hard to get, and it is a eco-friendly material because since it is a natural meterial (soil), it could naturally go back to the environment once used.

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