This 2-evening workshop introduced participants to drawing for ceramics through observational sketching exercises designed for the beginner. These include a focused study of natural and ceramic objects to accurately draw their shape, texture, and tone.
Sketching with line in a measured and gestural way with pencil, conte crayon and India ink, participants build confidence and competence with drawing processes similar to those used for ceramic surfaces.
An exploration of mark-making will expand the repertoire for imagery and develop the essential motor skills for decorating ceramic objects. Particular emphasis was placed on developing an expressive approach.
Kathy Kranias (BFA, BEd, MA) is an artist, art historian, and educator. She has taught visual arts for over
25 years in secondary and post-secondary institutions (Toronto District School Board, Sheridan College),
and in regional art galleries (Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Peterborough). See Kathy's work on
Nerikomi with Eiko Maeda
June 1, 2019
Eiko Maeda taught the Nerikomi technique. The Nerikomi technique uses slabs that are stacked, folded and formed into shapes from layers of coloured clay and then sliced through to reveal patterns.
See Eiko's Nerikomi work here.
Hand-building with Heather Smit
Sat Nov 24 and Sun Nov 25, 2018
Heather is recognized for her soft-slab hand-built forms that are both sculptural and functional in design. Heather’s workshop encouraged participants to explore how sculptural form, function and simplicity can exist in everyday utilitarian objects.
Heather guided participants through her soft slab hand-building construction process and technique with demos and open discussion that focused on form and function. The workshop covered basic tool & template design for making in multiples with a focus on drinking and pouring vessels.
Have a look at Heather's portfolio at http://www.thehandbuilder.com/home.html
Heather began her study of clay as a metal student at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC. This study and constant reference to metal continues in her soft slab hand-built porcelain and wood fired ceramics. Heather’s work has been exhibited at Craft Ontario, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, The Aurora Cultural Center, KOBO Gallery Seattle, Alexis Templeton Studios NL, and The Jonathan Bancroft Snell Gallery.
Writing an Artist Statement, with Jacquie Blondin and Andrea Poorter
June 9, 2018
Workshop to prepare your Artist Statement for submission of works for juried exhibition.
This workshop guided participants through the steps of writing an effective Artist Statement that will express the artists ideas to both the general public and exhibition jurors and an artist bio.
Participants learned how to express their personal meaning in reference to an exhibition theme, and how to describe their ceramic art in terms of influences and the language of art.
How to Write Your Artist Statement.pdf
Springboard for the Arts workbook (see Unit 3)
Throwing Vessels with Teresa Dunlop
Jan 19 and Feb 9, 2018
Teresa instructed participants on throwing vessels for containing and serving. This included lidded containers. and casseroles. Consideration of spouts and handles that could be used to turn a lidded container into a teapot were demonstrated. Vessels were made from individual pieces that were altered and assembled, like baskets, butter dishes, vases, flower bricks. Teresa demonstrated how to make bisque molds that could be incorporated into our practice. These molds began on the wheel and are then altered and may be used either for making interesting curved bottoms and closed vessels.
Filipa Doak, our very talented Studio Technician, put on two workshops for members.
This was a 2-part Workshop:
1 Mould Making
2 Slip Casting
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
“Fliipa'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
Painting with clay: Surface treatments with Lesley McInally
February and April 2018
Lesley McInally was in such demand at MPG that she put on two weekend workshops at our Gui!d
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