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"Ripples on Water,” an exhibition featuring the exquisite teapots by Taiwan's silversmith Lin Guo-shinn (林國信), will take place between Aug. 3 and Sept. 8 at the Taipei branch of the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI).
As a subordinate organization of the Ministry of Culture, the NTCRI has been tasked with the mission of preserving traditional craft skills, finding modern outlets for traditional artisan products and promoting the appreciation of aesthetics.
Lin, who teaches at the Crafts and Design Department of the National Taiwan University of Arts, has been working with metal for over 25 years. In addition to combining traditional craftsmanship with modern design, Lin plays an irreplaceable role in nurturing a new generation of talent.
Metals are long-lasting materials that are uniquely different from other craft mediums. Ranging from silver and gold to lead, they are not only used to make household utensils, but also widely applied in accessories and decorations.
As an acclaimed craftsman well-acquainted with various metals, Lin specializes in creating patterns on hard metal. He works with an alloy of silver and bronze - known as "mokume-gane,” or burl metal - to hammer out patterns similar to natural wood, water ripples or fiery flames.
Thirty-three sets of handmade teapots and other metalwork will be on display at the "Ripples on Water” exhibition. The teapots are forged out of silver and shaped by repeated annealing, a technique that extend the metal, while the patterned handles are made from a silver-bronze mixed laminate.
For more information, please visit the NTCRI's Chinese-language website.