Pinched Buns and other Critters

July 20 - July 21


This is a 2-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

Pinched Buns and other Critters

Pinched Buns and other Critters

Bring your favourite mammals, birds or reptiles to life! You could also create a likeness of your pet, and all with simple techniques and minimal tools. We will learn to build critters with attitude and personality.

Charmian will demonstrate how to create the basics and then we’ll put them together to create unique creatures that come to life as we progress.

There will be discussions about using an armature for taller standing pieces or adding some mixed media elements to add interest such as legs, horns or antlers and even making eyes that look at you!  For skin, fur or feathers, you will be shown ways to add surface texture and pattern. Creating attitude with different gestures or with just slight changes to facial expressions will add dimension to your creation. Pieces can either be realistic or stylized depending on your desired outcome.

This course is designed to give you skills to start creating pieces that are both fun and full of personality.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Price: $372

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Charmian is a self taught ceramic artist who has worked for many years making pottery and teaching in the Vancouver area. She is a member of the Kingsmill Studio on Granville Island and also maintains a home studio. She has mainly been a functional potter for most of her career, but in the past few years has begun making sculptural animals and is finding this to be her most recent passion.

Click here to read more about CHARMIAN NIMMO

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MISSA Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy

All requests for course withdrawals and/or accommodation cancellations must be made through MISSA’s online form. Requests made in person or by phone, text or email will not be accepted.

Refunds and credits are subject to the course withdrawal and accommodation cancellation deadlines and fees outlined below. Please note, no refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Arts Program.

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Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Forms received on or before May 3, 2024 – Pre-paid tuition and material fees will be refunded. A $50 administrative fee applies for each course withdrawal. Material fees will be refunded in full.

Forms received on or before June 14, 2024 – A credit will be issued for pre-paid tuition, less a $50 administration fee per course withdrawal. Pre-paid material fees are not eligible for refund.

Forms received after June 14, 2024 – Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for refund or credit of tuition and material fees.

Tuition credits are issued in the form of a code to be used for registration in future MISSA workshops and/or for on-campus accommodations. Credit codes may be transferred to another person. MISSA credit codes have no cash value and cannot be refunded.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2024 program is completely cancelled (due to COVID restrictions or any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

Accommodation Cancellation Deadlines
On-campus accommodations may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the first day of MISSA and pre-paid accommodation fees will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee. Accommodation cancellations made after the deadline are not eligible for refund.

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If you must withdraw from a course and/or cancel your accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, you may request a refund on the basis of hardship and/or compassionate grounds. All requests must be made in writing using the online form. Approval of such requests may only be made by the MISSA Board of Directors and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.

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