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Upcoming Workshops

The Kingston Potters’ Guild provides a diverse range of pottery workshops throughout the year to bring in accomplished potters and ceramicists from around the country and internationally. Workshops are open to our members and to the general public.


There are no workshops scheduled at this time.

Past Workshops

September 6, 7 and 8: The Basics and Beyond: Soft Slab Handbuilding with Liz Zlot Summerfield!

Liz 2Liz Zlot Summerfield is a wonderful ceramic artist located in Western North Carolina making functional and collectible clay objects. If you want to develop or hone your hand-building skills, Liz will be with us September 6, 7 and 8 when we’ll see an evening slideshow and discussion of her work and spend two intense days learning how Liz creates her unusual pots. Only 20 places available, so don’t delay. (Read more about the workshop).

Note that you must submit your cheque by the early bird date to qualify for the great price!

  • Guild member early bird before  June 15: $130 + 16.90 HST = $146.90
  • Guild members up to August 1 $150 + 19.50 HST = $169.50
  • Non-members registrations will be accepted after August 1: $200 + 26 HST = $226

 

Please use the form below to register. Leave your cheque at the Guild in the workshop folder, or drop your cash in the mailbox in the studio.

The Basics and Beyond: Soft Slab Handbuilding details

Friday evening - 7 p.m.: Liz will show her work and discuss at the Guild.

Saturday-Sunday: Hands-on workshop begins in the rehearsal hall (Tett Centre, 2nd floor) at 9:30 a.m. and closes around 4 p.m. Bring your lunch, your apron and supplies.

This workshop intends to demystify working with soft slabs and offer the essential components to creating unique slab built pots. You will be introduced to the techniques of working with earthenware clay slabs and paper patterns. You’ll begin with simple functional forms and move on to create to components such as lids, feet, and spouts.

The workshop emphasizes one-on-one interaction in a supportive, positive environment where experimentation is encouraged and individual development nurtured. It’s designed to accommodate all clay enthusiasts from beginner to advanced.

Discussion and demonstration on surface treatment using terra sigillata and underglazes will be included in the workshop.

A materials list will be sent by email: plan to bring your own clay, firing is not included

Read more about Liz and her work

There will be an opportunity to go out to a local restaurant for dinner with Liz. We will arrange this during the Saturday workshop.

March 1, 2 and 3: Mosaics with Susan Day!

Sign up for a wonderful weekend learning about mosaic tile installations!

Susan recently completed a large outdoor installation at the London Clay Art Centre. The Guild will be installing a tile creation at the Richardson Bathhouse in honour of our 50 years of working in clay: Susan will lead us through the process of creating tiles (and cutting them up!) and show us how to handle the installation. We start off with a slide presentation on Friday night and then two days of working with clay and learning about techniques Susan has found to be successful. Check out her website!

Special price for members

Check out the early bird price for members: sign up and make sure your cheque is in the workshop folder by February 15 to be eligible. Only 14 places available so don't put it off! Non-members will be able to sign up after February 23. Prices are on the registration form.

NOTE: Please join us at the Studio on Friday March 1st at 7:00 p.m for a slideshow presentation by Susan Day! She will discussion her approach to ceramics along with examples of her work.

You do not need to be registered for the workshop to attend this presentation or even a potter. Admission is free, however if you are not registered for the workshop, a small contribution is appreciated.

Screen printing on clay with Marianne Chénard: October 13-14, 2018

Extend your creativity with screen printing!

This exciting workshop took place in October 2018 in our studio. Marianne Chénard, a Québec ceramic artist, introduced us to several methods of image transfer such as relief printing, slip transfer printing, monotype, engraving, silk-screening and other print techniques used in the ceramic process. Through a series of small projects we explored various techniques, materials, processes and concepts. She has designed the projects to allow us to experiment and explore the relationship between 2D and 3D space.

Check out Marianne's work: note that you can switch to English for the text on the website. 

Reduction Firing Workshop - September 29 & 30, 2018

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If you are interested in doing this workshop please email Marc –

  • Loading: Saturday, September 29, 2:00pm – 6:00 pm
  • Firing : Sunday, September 30, 6:00 am – until finished
  • Unloading: Will be decided by participants on day of loading
  • Cost: $45 per person

What you will need:
You must purchase and use Tucker’s 10-80 or Prostone which are cone 10 clays.
This clay is available now at cost at Black Dog Pottery, 58 Queen St., Kingston (544-7589).
You will need one 25 pound bag (around $17.00 / bag).

Please bring bisqued pots made from your bag of cone 10 clay – a variety of sizes – include two or more taller pieces. Taller pieces maximum height is eight inches. Work not fired in this firing may be fired in future firings at a small cost.

Glazing – Introduction to available cone 10 glazes and application instructions will be arranged according to need. Dates and times will be arranged.

During the firing, there will be a pot luck lunch and then a post firing happy hour down at the café. We will also be running some impromptu demos to make for an informative, fun and social workshop weekend.

Maureen Marcotte, March 3 & 4, 2018

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Description

Don’t miss this wonderful potter’s workshop where you’ll learn some of the techniques that make her work so arresting. Check out the wonderful examples on her site.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll use wax resist, sgraffito and underglaze colours to create patterns, designs, and drawings on your pots. Wax resist and slips will be provided. Bring at least a couple of bone-dry greenware pots, white clay is best if possible.  Bring some ideas of patterns and designs for inspiration (I’ll bring lots too) and most importantly, a sense of adventure and playfulness, and we’ll see what interesting designs and colours we can come up with.

Materials List

  1. At least two bone-dry (not leather hard) greenware pots to decorate. White clay is best.
  2. Underglaze slips if you use them. I’ll also be providing some that we use at cone 10 but they’ll probably work at cone 6 as well.
  3. Three or four bone-dry greenware 4 or 5 inch tiles to practise on. I’ll bring some as well, but you may prefer to test colours on your own clay body.
  4. Brushes for applying slip.
  5. Ideas for decorating your pots: sketches, books, photos, patterns etc.

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