Drinking green tea has great significance in Japan. The tea equipage includes a cloth (chakin), tea bowl (chawan), caddy (temae), scoop (chashaku) and whisk (chasen). In Japan these objects are revered: some tea bowls hundreds of years old are still in use on special occasions. Whisks, which are easily damaged, are taken to temples and ritually burned in an annual ceremony. Dawson also respects the ritual quality of these objects and their quality as ceramics. For him the tea bowl is almost a test case ceramic. When asked what he thinks the hallmark of a good tea bowl is he says that it is the quality "of making you want to pick it up, examine it and then decide where to drink from".
The installation is based on Dawson's lifelong interest in the ritual of tea drinking. The first part is his collection of tea bowls, together with tea ceremony cake dishes, that are made by himself and others. The second part is his homage to a ritual New Zealand tea ceremony: the Kiwi Smoko which includes items that are made by Dawson and others which are ‘real'.