34th annual ceramic symposium at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

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The 34th annual Ceramic Symposium is underway at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. It coincides with the closing of the “Can You Handle It” teapot exhibit from Angelo State University. The event also coincides with a visit from thirty year pottery master Vorakit Chinookoswong, more commonly known as V. Chin.

“[I want to] show everybody how to make a good teapot,” said V. Chin. “Because you see, I see many people they make very nice shapes but it’s functional thing as well. So that’s why I like to, they make very good for the using also.”

But the functional uses for ceramic pottery are not the only thing that V. Chin is concerned with. His greatest concern, is that as new technology such as 3-D printing becomes more mainstream, the thousands of years of history represented by pottery and the skills it requires will be lost.

Those who attended V. Chin’s workshop appreciated his honesty and humor about the working of clay. The ceramic symposium runs April 13 and 14, and all are welcome.

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