Address: No. 573 Zhongzheng Road, Caotun Township, Nantou County, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
A collection of ceramic crafts by Lin Kuo-lung (林國隆), one of the disciples of the Snake Kiln school, will be displayed at the Nantou-based National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute from July 21 through Sept. 20.
Lin is the third-generation owner of the Shui Li Snakekiln Ceramics Park (水里蛇窯) and an advocator of Taiwan's traditional ceramics. He believes that traditional kilns should not only be preserved for pottery production, but for their cultural and historical value as well.
Located in Nantou County, Shui Li Snakekiln is a family-owned business since 1927. After taking over the factory from his father in 1983, Lin transformed the production site to a cultural park featuring tours and pottery-making workshops. It brings the kiln back to life and serves to preserve local heritage while educating the public on the history of ceramics in Taiwan.
Lin also tries to make ceramics more available on a daily basis by infusing pottery with more modern elements to attract contemporary consumers. His style conveys his philosophy of life, in which nature themes such as the four seasons are integrated with traditional craftsmanship and contemporary aesthetics.