Workshops are an exciting opportunity to learn new techniques and explore your creativity in a different way. We host multiple workshops each year with both visiting and in-house artists.
Take a look at some of our past workshops and photos!
Check back often to see if we have any upcoming workshops that may interest you.
Artist Statement - Heather Smit
Heather is a Toronto area ceramic artist. She is interested in the development of relationship created by placement and repetition, and the use of functional ceramics to create sculptural works. Her current body of work brings focus to form, function and simplicity of the utilitarian object.
Check out past workshops below, and keep scrolling to see photos!
Workshop: Mould Making & Slip Casting with Filipa Doak
Filipa Doak, our very talented Studio Technician, put on two workshops for members.
This was a 2-part Workshop:
1 Mould Making
In the mould making workshop, members made a one-piece mould suitable for slip casting. This workshop was an introduction to working with plaster and making simple moulds. Participants learned how to mix plaster properly, how to set up your area for mould making, and all safety considerations. Each student walked away with their very own one-piece plaster mould.
In slip casting workshop, members made slip-cast pieces from their very own mould. Participants learned how to set up their space for slip casting, how to time their casting, various decorative techniques using your plaster mould, and finally, proper clean up of your pieces.
“This was the first time I have been exposed to mold making and slip casting but have always been curious. Filipa was an excellent teacher who was very patient and helpful with us beginners. I’m absolutely in love with the process and see how many options I now how for my craft! “ Colette Rabba - member
“Flipa's workshop on Slip Casting was fun, organized , informative and easy to follow. The results was more than I expected. I have been able to duplicate the results and recommend the workshop to everyone.” Gary Sullivan - member
February and April 2018
Painting with clay: Surface treatments with Lesley McInally
Lesley McInally was in such demand at MPG that she put on two weekend workshops at our Guid!
In the 2-day workshops Leslie demonstrated on how she develops rich textured surfaces, building up one layer at a time using coloured slips of varying thicknesses onto a clay surface. Incorporating underglazes, ceramic chalks and stencils, she demonstrated her mono print techniques, painting the ceramic pigments onto paper and transferring the results back onto the clay surface.
This demonstration offered participants endless possibilities for pattern and textural variation, which can easily be adapted and used by both functional and sculptural ceramicists.
Lesley talked about discoveries in the geography of her past that greatly influence her work now. She generously shared the secrets of her surface techniques, then let us loose…it was our turn to play.
“ For me Leslie’s workshop opened a world of opportunity on decorating surfaces on clay! It’s very empowering to take charge of your own surfaces without depending on glazes and firings to finish it for you.
There are so many things you can do with slips, underglazes, crayons and pencils and an infinite combination with colours, textures and designs.
Leslie really masters composition, colour combinations and surface texture. She is a really inspiration for me, besides her great skill on teaching and passing on all the info needed to take away that fear of the “white canvas syndrome” that we all face in the beginning...because there is no right or wrong in her process...just Fun!”
“Thank you so much for the opportunity to let me participate in your guild workshop,”
…Célia Brandao – guest of MPG