Slab Sundays: Hand-building


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Marla Benton
Sundays, January 22 – March 12, 2023
9:30am – 12:30pm

Come and spend the morning creating with clay! In this class, we will be looking at different ways to hand-build functional and sculptural works of art. Through hand-building techniques with a focus on slab construction, you will be able to explore the different qualities of clay. We will take time to consider and experiment with surface design & adding textures to the clay surfaces. Come with your own ideas or just show up to be inspired.  No experience is needed.

This course consists of six 3 hour sessions + a one hour pick-up session.

**Please note: there will be no class on Sunday, February 12th.**

Students should bring:

  • Apron
  • Water bottle
  • Note book
  • Pen/pencil
  • Old towel
  • Label any personal tools you might bring to use


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Marla Benton

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. Later, she earned her second degree from Nipissing University (BED).

Benton’s work has been published/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.


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.