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Master Class David Huang

Vessel Chasing with Microcrystalline Wax
Sunday, August 23 – Tuesday, August 25, 2020


In this workshop students will use pre-made spun copper vessels to explore how to embellish the form with the technique known as chasing. Through a combination of demonstration lectures and work time with one-on-one assistance, you will review the various aspects of establishing a design, doing the initial lining work, pushing the planes to sculpt out the form, and creating finishing textures. The instructor will also cover a technique called hammer chasing, in which significant alterations to the vessel form can be created relatively rapidly. This approach can be used on its own or in combination with the normal chasing techniques.

In place of traditional pitch you will use a microcrystalline wax commonly used in bronze casting, learning how to safely fill and empty the wax from the vessels.

During the course of the workshop you will cover the basics of making your own chasing tools and will have the opportunity to make tools if you wish. You will also learn how to finish a vessel edge by soldering on a wire rim. Please note, though, that this is a technique-oriented workshop, and a labor-intensive one. The days will be packed with both demos and work time. Typically, very few students reach the stage of soldering on a wire rim in class.

Who should take this class?

Open to any students with prior metalworking experience who want to advance their skills, learn new techniques, and challenge themselves. Motivated metalworkers of all skill levels are welcome.

3-day class fee: $1,145 plus $40 kit fee.

Added benefits for Master Class students:

  • Waived registration fee.
  • Advance registration for general classes.
  • Fun-filled tote bag.
  • Special event tickets.
  • Graduation celebration.
  • Transportation to class location.
  • Breakfast and lunch on class days.
  • Commemorative Show bead, pin, and T-shirt.

David Huang is an internationally recognized, award-winning metalsmith best known for his luminous metal vessels and his masterful approach to surface and form. Born, raised, trained, and currently living in the Western Michigan region, he is frequently invited to conduct workshops across the country.


When Huang first encountered metalsmithing as a teen-ager, he “had this sense in my head that it took big, powerful industrial tools to shape metal. When I discovered that with just the power of my arm and a hair-thin saw blade I could cut shapes with great precision, I was hooked.” He went on to earn his BFA with an emphasis in metalsmithing from Grand Valley (Mich.) State University and has worked full-time as a self-employed artist since 2003. “I now spend my days at my Michigan home/studio working to bring objects of beauty, light, and inspiration into the world.”


Huang is represented by galleries around the U.S. His work is part of many art collections, including the Muskegon Museum of Art, GVSU Art Gallery, and Hermann Miller, and has been featured in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, and numerous other books and publications.

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