The art of tea, like most traditional Chinese (and Japanese) arts, involves harmony among the Three Powers: Heaven, Earth and Man.
Heaven provides the sunshine, mist and rain needed for growing the tea;
Earth provides soil to nourish the tea plants, clay from which all kinds of ceramic tea things can be fashioned and rocky springs overflowing with pure water with which to brew the tea.
To those man adds the skills by which processed tea leaves, water and ceramics are conjoined to create the fabric of a seductive art.
– John Blofeld