Raising and Chasing Vessel Forms

Course Description

About this course

This workshop offers participants a unique opportunity to spend 5 days with master metalsmith David Huang, exploring his process for creating remarkable 3-dimensional objects. By using a variety of hammers and stakes, wax, and chasing tools students will learn the basic steps of creating vessels and other sculptural forms.

Raising demonstrations will include both single and multi-node forms, and the chasing portion of the class will focus on working with a microcrystalline sculptor's wax instead of traditional pitch. Additional techniques include how to make chasing tools, as well as a method for finishing the vessel edge by making and soldering on a wire rim.

This workshop will be technique and information oriented rather than project oriented - students can expect to create one to two vessels formed to a significant degree, although they may not be fully complete. No prior raising/chasing experience is necessary but strong metalsmithing skills are required.

Meet the Instructor

David Huang

David Huang was born, raised, trained, and is currently living in the Western Michigan region. He began his metalsmithing education at East Kentwood High School and continued on to earn his BFA with an emphasis in metalsmithing from Grand Valley State University. Working full-time as a self-employed artist since 2003, David is represented by galleries around the US. His work has been featured in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, and numerous other books and publications. He has also traveled throughout the US teaching workshops focusing on both raising and chasing.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $30 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes copper sheet, microcrystalline wax, access to studio consumables and equipment, as well as tool steel for making chasing tools. 

Forming tools will be provided during the workshop and will be available for purchase from the instructor by cash/check. Stakes and chasing tools (individually or as a set) and chasing nests (to hold vessels while embellishing) will also be for purchase. 

Students should bring 

David will give a demo on how to finish a vessel edge using a thick round wire -- you are invited to bring 12 inches per vessel form of your own 10 to 12 gauge wire for practicing this technique. David will have some fine silver round wire available for purchase during the workshop.

Metalwerx has a number of the following supplies for use or purchase in the studio, but it is suggested you bring your own if you do not wish to share or wait for them to become available: 

  • Ear Plugs (Metalwerx has ample ear protection available for use during class, but students are welcome to bring their own if they prefer.)
  • Sharpie markers and a pencil (Mechanical suggested.)
  • Raising, planishing, and chasing hammers (Labeled - if you have favorites or do not want to share.)
  • Files and abrasive paper (Labeled - if you have favorites or do not want to share.)
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses (Metalwerx has these)
  • Extra chasing tools (optional)


$880.00 $836.00
5% discount until June 8

Materials Cost



David Huang


July 8 -12, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


5 days

Basic and above
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