WORKSHOPS

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Raku Day Workshop in the Country with Colette Beardall – $175

May 27 from 10am – 4pm

emily-pot-RAKURaku is a firing process that takes place outside. It takes us back in time, as it is a very ancient ceramic technique now enjoying a modern-day renaissance. It is a hands-on process in which pottery pieces change colour and texture right before your eyes. It is a dramatic and exciting process.
In this workshop you will glaze then fire up to 3 pieces of your own work. You will be taught how to achieve several results such as striking black crackle on glazed ware, lustrous copper, smoked on raw clay and organic horse hair and feather patterns.

All your pieces should be made with Raku clay and bisque fired before the workshop. The Raku clay can be purchased at LOAM Clay Studio. Each piece should be no larger than 16″ high and 8″ in diameter. Larger or more pieces may be fired for an extra charge depending on the size and quantity of the pieces.

Please note that this being an all day workshop, Colette will have her famous chili ready for you but potluck dishes would be appreciated.

Colette Beardall is a seasoned Raku artist. She has hosted numerous Raku workshops at her charming hobby farm in Metcalfe, just outside Ottawa.

Her own Raku work is featured in the book ‘500 Raku’ and ‘Mastering Raku by Raku Legend Steven Branfman. Both books highlight the stunning vitality and invention of today’s raku ceramicists.

More detailed instructions on appropriate dress ware, suggested constraints on the shape of your work to minimize the chance of cracking, what to bring and directions will be emailed to you when you sign up.

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Date Night on the Wheel with Christine Chesser- $100/couple
June 3rd, from 6pm – 7pm (Full)  or 8pm – 9pm (Full)

A different way to surprise your mate. This one hour workshop is an activity for couples who are tired of doing the same old thing. This date will be loaded with pottery fun! Get your hands dirty! Get up close and personal with your loved one.

We’ll provide the wheel, the clay, the music and your choice of Beyond the Pale Beer/Urban Juice Press juice juice (from our beloved neighbours). Your creations will be glazed & fired for you and ready to be picked up 2-4 weeks after the workshop.

Listed price is per couple. (note: we don’t care if you are an actual ‘couple’ friends work too)

WARNING: You will probably get hooked, join a class, then another, and another and before you know what’s happened to you, you’ll always carry hand cream around with you and watch pottery videos while you workout.

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Simply Bowls with Sarah Fulford- $85

June 10th,  from 2pm – 5pm (Full)

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Serving bowls, busy bowls, wobbly bowls, nesting bowls, dip bowls, soup bowls, popcorn bowls, cat bowls, dog bowls, knitting or any other type of bowl you can think of!

In this workshop you will learn how to use drape molds and slump molds of a variety of shapes and sizes to make bowls.You will also be shown techniques to embellish your bowls to make them uniquely yours.

Your creations will be glazed & fired for you and ready to be picked up 2-4 weeks after the workshop.
This workshop is open for all levels of experience including complete beginners. Children aged 13 and up are welcome.

Shellac Resist with Barbara Minish- $85

June 17th,  from 2pm – 5pm

Make your pots hard to resist! This hands-on workshop is intended to introduce you to the basic techniques of shellac resist. Barbara will explain the properties and limits of shellac resist. You will learn how to apply and work with shellac to create “etched” designs on your bone dry pot surfaces. You will also explore adding colour to your etched layers to create both relief and colour layers.

If you can, bring in one or two reasonably sized bone dry pieces to work on. We will have greenware tiles available for you to use as well. Your creations will be clear glazed & fired for you and ready to be picked up 2-4 weeks after the workshop.

Barbara Minish started potting in Winnipeg at the Stoneware Studio and Gallery more than 30 years ago. She is the highly effective vice president of the Ottawa Potter’s Guild. Barbara thrives on experimenting with new techniques. The LOAM Clay Studio team is proud to have her as one of our regular teachers.

Date Night on the Wheel with Christine Chesser – $100/couple
July 8th, from 6pm – 7pm or  8pm – 9pm

A different way to surprise your mate. This one hour workshop is an activity for couples who are tired of doing the same old thing. This date will be loaded with pottery fun! Get your hands dirty! Get up close and personal with your loved one.

We’ll provide the wheel, the clay, the music and your choice of Beyond the Pale Beer/Urban Juice Press juice juice (from our beloved neighbours). Your creations will be glazed & fired for you and ready to be picked up 2-4 weeks after the workshop.

Listed price is per couple. (note: we don’t care if you are an actual ‘couple’ friends work too)

WARNING: You will probably get hooked, join a class, then another, and another and before you know what’s happened to you, you’ll always carry hand cream around with you and watch pottery videos while you workout.

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Screen Printing with Christina Lovisa – $160

July 9,  from 1pm – 5pm

In this workshop you will be introduced to the art of making your own silk screens. Silk screens can be used almost indefinitely and can be useful in a variety of different art forms including fibre arts, mixed media and pottery applications. The tools, tips and techniques learned in this workshop will be an invaluable addition to your current art practice. We begin this workshop with all the materials necessary to make your own frames and screens. This hands-on workshop will walk you through every step so that you will leave the studio with 1 completed silk screen and several prints made from your screen and underglazes to use at a later date. We will test the screens on clay tiles provided by Loam. *Due to the sensitive nature of photo-emulsion and the lack of a dark room, we will not be making photo emulsion screens in this workshop. Detailed instructions will be sent to the participants in June of how to prepare your images for this workshop.

Mixed Media artist, Christina Lovisa, has been recognized internationally for her ability to incorporate a variety of materials and techniques in both her 3-dimensional and wall art. Christina’s open, no secrets-kept, teaching approach has earned her a reputation of being an inspiring instructor. Her client accolades include Cirque du Soleil, The Michael Jackson estate and Northwood Publishing.

Mixing & Testing Glazes with Anne Chambers $100

September 16, from 2pm – 6pm

Through demonstration and a selection of glaze samples, learn how to mix your own glazes and what to buy for stocking your studio. Learn how to create the colour and surface you want to suit your work. You will learn the tools to fix the most common glaze issues and how to read a glaze recipe.

Anne will discuss and share recipes for various cone 6 glaze bases: a shiny transparent, a shiny translucent to opaque pooling and breaking glaze, a satin semi-matte glaze and a velvety smooth crystal matte. By the end of the afternoon you will know how and why these base glazes look the way they do.

Bring your questions and any pots you want to discuss. Also if there is time we will discuss more complex glazing and surface enhancing techniques.

This workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced potters.

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Lanterns with Sarah Fulford – $85
October 7th, from 2pm – 5pm

pumpkinsbannerCome make your own lantern or long lasting jack-o-lantern for halloween! This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and for intermediate potters. You will be shown how to use slabs to make both straight edged boxes and how to sculpt soft forms like a pumpkin. Once you have completed your chosen closed form and the clay has firmed up a bit you will then cut out perforations for light to shine through. This could be a scary face, a decorative latticed design or anything else.

Suitable for ages 11 and up.

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Using Stains, Slips, Underglazes & Image transfers with Sarah Fulford – $45
October 21st, from 3pm – 5pm

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Custom image transfers, Japanese Tissue Transfers, Millefiori, Laminating, Slip Trailing, Mishima, Sgraffito, Stencils, Slip Rubs, Mocha Diffusion, Floating Bubbles!  A whirlwind of techniques for adding colours and motifs to your clay vessels or sculptures.

In this 2 hours workshop Sarah will demonstrate (and sometimes demystify) these techniques and answer your questions.  By the end of the workshop you will have an overview of all these processes, and a hint of what is possible at each stage of your ceramic forming, as well as what materials are needed.

On that day, participants will be offered a 15% discount on all the materials needed to try any of the shown techniques.

Sarah Fulford has been a potter for more than 30 years.  She trained and worked in France as a production potter and studied Ceramic Engineering and Industrial Design. She  has worked  in London, Korea and Canada.  She is the owner of LOAM Clay Studio.

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Patterns & Designs with Maureen Marcotte – $125
October 28th, from 2pm – 6pm

In this hands-on workshop, we will use wax resist, sgraffito and underglaze colours to create patterns, designs and even drawings on your pots. Wax resist and slips will be provided. Bring with you at least a couple of bone dry greenware pots (preferably white clay or porcelain), some ideas of patterns and designs for inspiration (I’ll bring lots too) and most importantly, a sense of adventure and playfulness. We’ll work with the clay and slips available at Loam and see what interesting designs and colours we can come up with. There will also be some tiles available to practice on. Finished pieces will be bisque fired and finished with a clear glaze.
This workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced potters.
Maureen Marcotte is among the most talented and renowned potters in the Ottawa region. She has been working as a studio potter for over 40 years. Maureen and her partner/husband David McKenzie make a formidable potting team. Together they run a gallery attached to their studio in the artistic community of Wakefield Quebec. Maureen has also been a participant of the prestigious 260 Fingers show in Ottawa since it first began.

Using porcelain clay fired to cone 10 in electric kilns, she creates functional decorative pottery that is either wheel thrown, slab built or slip cast. To maintain excitement & passion, over a long career, she is constantly thinking ahead to new work, experimenting with various ideas and techniques. The result has been a steady evolution of her work, a refined and nuanced intensity in surface decoration. She has consistently been inspired by textiles and fibre techniques- Persian carpets, Fair Isle knitting patterns, batiks from around the world. Throughout the majority of her career, she has used wax resist and underglaze colours to apply layered patterns to her forms.

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PRIVATE WORKSHOPS

If you have your own group and there is something specific you want to make then our private workshops are perfect for you. They can be customized to your own preferences.

Wheel workshops can accommodate a maximum of 8 people and handbuilding workshops can be up to 12 people.

Private workshops can be scheduled when there is no regular classes in session or no private classes already booked.

5-12 people  /hour/person = $40. Two hours minimum.

Take a look at our gallery of regular workshop results to give you some ideas.

You will be able to pick-up your work 2-4 weeks after your class.

For more information and prices email info@loamclaystudio.ca

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