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Merritt Ceramics

Hands-on Workshop with visiting artist, Hsin-Chuen Lin

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Sunday October 23rd, 11am - 3pm.

In this hands-on workshop, Hsin-Chuen will be showing us how to use some of his handmade, patented pottery tools! Hsin will demo how to use the Tombo sticks to achieve consistent size and thickness when throwing repetitive forms. He will also give a demonstration on how to use his line of trimming tools for both trimming and chattering. Participants will have the opportunity to practice trimming and chattering during the workshop. Participants will also be able to utilize open studio for the remainder of the day to finish their pieces. Firing is not included in the workshop, but if students would like to fire their work. there will be an additional firing fee depending on the size and number of pieces.

Level: Participants must have taken a minimum of one Intro to the Wheel course at any studio. 

Note: Participants are to bring in their own leather hard, wheel thrown work if they would like to practice trimming and chattering during the workshop. Please note that throwing on the wheel will not be a part of the hands-on workshop. 

Tools: There will be Hsin-Chuen Lin tools available to use during the workshop. Participants will receive 15% off the Hsin-Chuen Lin line of tools on the day of the workshop at the Merritt Shop if they wish to purchase their own specialty tool. You can check out his tools here.

About the artist: 

Working in clay has been Lin's passion for almost 40 years.  His form has evolved since he came to U.S. in 1988.  His inspiration comes from eastern culture, particular Chinese Shan, Zhou dynasty's bronzes as well as Song dynasty's elegant pottery. He also was influenced by the American contemporary ceramics, the freedom and spontaneous of making pots. He works mainly on a potter’s wheel.  His beautiful vessels are first thrown, then torn, punched, squeezed, decorated, and finally fired, such as raku, sagger, gas and wood fire depending on what he wants to express.

Hsin-Chuen Lin has shown his work nationally and internationally, and won many awards. His work has been featured in many books and magazines, such as The Best of Pottery, the Ceramic Design Book, Ceramic Art in Taiwan, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times.  He sells to select U.S. galleries and national jury craft shows. His work is in Museum and private collections in Taiwan and all over the United States.