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    The Pottery Workshop

    The Pottery Workshop (PWS) is a ceramic art education and communication center established in Hong Kong in 1985. Since it's beginning, four new locations have been created in Shanghai, Jingdezhen, Dali. Each Pottery Workshop location is unique. The Hong Kong location specializes in classes for adults and children. Shanghai also offers lessons, as well as produces much of our ceramic ware. Jingdezhen is our biggest location, and invites artists from all over the world to its residency.

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                                           Shanghai                                                              Dali                                  


    PWS History

    Compared to 8000+ years of ceramic history, the Pottery Workshop is just a speck of dust in the big picture of things.  However, this "dust" has over the course of 25 years collected into quite the big ball.  From a tiny small local pottery studio in the basement of a dilapidated old freezer building in Hong Kong, the Pottery Workshop developed into a well known institution located in 4 different places and is now placed in the history of contemporary ceramics in China. 

    How did that happen?  Not just an individual with vision or a bunch of hard working staff who toiled endlessly for the sake of art, the Pottery Workshop is a philosophy: To educate, to produce great work, to help others and be charitable, and have a good time doing all that.  Once a staff, student or friend, always a part of Pottery Workshop!  This attitude ensures the survival of a humble pottery studio that continues to serve the community in a positive way.
    Our interests have been many.  We have served the community by hosting lectures, workshops and demonstrations by ceramic artists from all over the world, we have held charitable events that benefited a wide range of underprivileged people, we have taken trips to China to different ceramic production areas to learn about our history, we researched materials and experimented with  techniques, we sold the best ceramic equipment to schools and artists, we have exhibited our work all over the world, we have invited artists from all over to come to our residency program and to learn about Chinese ceramics, we have been the education centre to many universities both in China and the world providing a learning environment they need, we have set up a weekly creative market for over 1000 young people so that they are able to see the possibilities of their future , we have revived a 1000 year old ceramic production town - Jingdezhen in ways unimaginable to even ourselves.

    I would like to thank all the friends and family who have supported us over the years, especially Mak Yee Fun, the founder of the Pottery Workshop for the start of a great place to be, Master Potter of the Universe Takeshi Yasuda, without whom the Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop would not be what it is today, and my mother Alice Cheng who gave generously every time we needed to expand or start a new project.  These people are the backbone of the Pottery Workshop!

    The future is very exciting.  China is beginning to appreciate the art of handmade pottery, and this means busy times ahead in producing interesting work for people to use and enjoy.  There are artists to promote, young people to nurture, friends to be made, culture to be exchanged and fun to be had.
    May we live long and prosper!


    PWS Mission Statement


    Back in 1985 when there were hardly any clay studios in Hong Kong, Mak Yee Fun founded The Pottery Workshop with the idea of promoting the art of handmade pottery. She held classes to educate, made work to sell and held exhibitions. The original business license contained the simple description of our studio: “educate, promote and make pottery”.  To this day we still follow the same philosophy, adding charity because of the commitment to community-work The Pottery Workshop has offered to local and international individuals and groups.   25 years later The Pottery Workshop holds true to four main tenets: Creation, Education, Promotion, and Charity. These core beliefs have shaped the direction of The Pottery Workshop to be one of the largest ceramic centers in the world.


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