Clay as Canvas

June 29 - July 3


Clay as Canvas

Week One (5-day): June 29 – July 3, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Clay as Canvas

There are endless methods for decorating clay and it is one of the most rewarding aspects of this medium. In this five day workshop the student will investigate a myriad of creative decorative techniques. With consideration of the surface, colour, balance, texture, pattern and design, students will construct a vocabulary of personalized forms and imagery that work with the individual’s aesthetics. A combination of greenware and bisque pieces will be our canvas. Techniques such as slip trailing, mono-type, sgraffito, mishima, carving, stamping, staining and inlay are a few on the menu.

Functional hand built forms will be constructed with the emphasis on form, surface, and pattern interplay. This is a workshop for all levels and the student should bring their ability to experiment with their ideas.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be an early bisque firing, but finished work will not be fired at MISSA.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Clay Order Form: (Click HERE): Please download the order form and send to
  • Materials Fee: $30
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels

Price: $745

Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes


Clay has been part of Laura’s identity since childhood. Working with clay has always felt intuitive to her. As a pre-adolescent at her first pottery class, she felt as if she had rediscovered an old friend. She could create anything in her imagination and portray it in an earthy solid medium. The tactile qualities of the clay delighted her then, and still do decades later. Laura studied at the School of Art and Design of the Witwatersrand Technikon in South Africa.

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