Transformations in Form & Surface

July 6 - July 10


Transformations in Form & Surface

Week Two (5-day): July 6 – 10, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Transformations in Form & Surface

Join Cj Jilek in creating unusual and exuberant works in clay inspired by life forms, patterns, and textures from the natural world. Explore a layered approach to the ceramic surface that evolves from wet clay through bone dry to bisque. Techniques include hand-building with wooden drape molds, soft slab/coil building, and texturing to create expressive and surface rich forms. Surface practices include the use of colour, pattern making, texturing, and carving. Cj will explore creating depth of surface for both sculptural and utilitarian practices. She will also reveal a behind the scenes look at the engineering necessary to produce her elaborate sculptural forms.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be an early sample bisque firing, but pieces made in this class will not be fired at MISSA.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $7
  • Course Prerequisites: Basic hand building skills recommended
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels

Price: $722

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


Cj Jilek is a studio artist and educator who has worked in the ceramic field for over 25 years.  She is a faculty member at Chaffey, Saddleback, Mt San Antonio Colleges and Chapman University in California.  Cj holds an MFA from Utah State University (2010) and a BFA from Southern Illinois University (1995). She enjoys traveling and has taught workshops in Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, as well as the US and has an extensive exhibition record.  

Click here to read more about CJ JILEK

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