Buttering Up Your Throwing Skills: Wheel Throwing
Mondays & Wednesdays, November 1 – November 29, 2021
9:30am – 1:00pm
With respect to Provincial guidelines, our School will require students to provide proof of full vaccination (two doses) effective October 4th. To learn more please read our “Covid-19 Pandemic Protocols“
This workshop will focus on functional thrown forms using the potter’s wheel and stoneware clay. We will explore more complex thrown pieces, as well as assembling multiple forms together. Who knows?! You might even make your own butter-dish! Discussions and demonstrations will help guide you. Different surface design techniques and glazing will be explored. This workshop and is open to those with some previous wheel throwing experience.
This workshop is eight (3.5 hour) working sessions, twice a week, plus a one-hour pick up day.
Students should bring:
- Water bottle
- Note book
- Old towel
- Label any personal tools you might bring to use
Marla Benton is a ceramic artist and educator living and working in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Benton has balanced working in her studio and teaching ceramic workshops. Both Benton’s gallery work and installation art encourage personal connection through text and surprising elements that challenge expectations, evoke curiosity, and encourage interactions and participation.
Originally from small town Ontario, she attended the Ontario College of Art & Design, where she found clay her preferred medium. After transferring to the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Benton completed her degree with a major in ceramics, studying under Walter Ostrom, Neil Forrest and Rory MacDonald. A few years later, she earned her second degree from Nipissing University (Bachelor of Education).
Benton’s work has been published and exhibited in Canada and the USA. She has received Creation Grants from Arts NS, ArtsSmarts Grants from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and participated in Artist Residencies. Benton presently sits on the Board of Craft Nova Scotia as a Director-at-Large.