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The Creative Edge: Form And Design On Shallow Bowls And Platters

October 1 - 6, 2023

Chris Hoehle  ·  studiocsh.com

Workshop at a glance

A joyful exploration of bowl turning and the many ways to embellish the wide rims of the shallow bowl or platter.


  • Effective use of the bowl gouge and negative rake scraper
  • Sharpening woodturning tools
  • Refining or developing a sense of good form and proportion
  • Sanding to a flawless finish
  • Batch production approaches for completing small runs of multiple bowls


  • Figured maple, cherry and other domestic hardwoods
  • Milk and acrylic paint
  • Transtint wood dye


  • Complete several bowls
  • Trying out a variety of techniques to embellish work

Artist Bio

Chris Hoehle is a woodturner from Denver, Colorado where he maintains a studio practice creating bowls, vessels, boxes, and wall hanging sculptures. He is passionate about teaching and introducing new woodturners to the craft, which he has done for the last four years through a popular series of classes for the community workshop at the Denver Tool Library where he also works as shop monitor. Hoehle recently completed his first major commercial installation, a 13′ long version of his wall hanging series, “Ripples”, for the lobby of an area hospital, and his work was featured in the debut of Arrowmont’s Knoxville Gallery in the spring of 2022.

  • Chris Hoehle
  • Chris Hoehle
  • Chris Hoehle
  • Chris Hoehle
  • Chris Hoehle
  • Chris Hoehle

Workshop Description

The wide rims of platters and shallow bowls with graceful, flowing ogee curve profiles provide the perfect canvass for many different forms of artistic expression, including carving, painting, burning and dyeing. In this workshop students will develop a foundation of good technique using the bowl gouge and negative rake scraper. You will discover good form, the secrets of getting the graceful ogee profile of these shallow bowls just right, and how to complete a small run of similar bowls quickly. Participants will also explore various ways to embellish the wide rims of their masterpieces to let unique and creative voices shine through. Beginners and experienced turners welcome. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Available : 10
Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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