Texture, Colour, & Line: Surface Design


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Marla Benton
Mondays, July 13 – July 17, 2020
10:00am – 4:00pm

This week-long workshop will focus on experimenting on the surface of clay. A variety of methods will be demonstrated which will include printmaking techniques and hand building with clay! Through discussion on design and patterning, participants will create their own surface textures. A variety of hand-building clay projects will be demonstrated to give these exciting new surfaces a dimensional effect. The week will focus on exploration of materials. Some of the clay pieces will be fired and glazed by the end of the week. No experience required.

Registration includes a blank wire-bound sketchbook for each participant.

Students Should Bring:
  • Apron
  • Pencil
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Water bottle
  • To-go cup or mug for tea/coffee


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.