Slab Construction & Surface Design
Monday to Friday , August 15 – August 19, 2022
10:00am – 4:00pm
This week-long workshop will focus on slab construction and creating surface designs and textures using stoneware clay. Discussing designs and patterns will help lead participants to create their own works of art. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of hand-built clay projects. The exploration of ceramic materials will be an integral part of the course. Some of the clay pieces will be fired and glazed by the end of the week. No experience required.
Students should bring:
- Sketch book or paper
- Water bottle
- To-go cup or mug for tea/coffee
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 as a Director-at-Large.