In this hands-on workshop, we will use wax resist, sgraffito and underglaze colours to create patterns, designs and even drawings on your pots. Wax resist and slips will be provided. Bring with you at least a couple of bone dry greenware pots (preferably white clay or porcelain), some ideas of patterns and designs for inspiration (I’ll bring lots too) and most importantly, a sense of adventure and playfulness. We’ll work with the clay and slips available at Loam and see what interesting designs and colours we can come up with. There will also be some tiles available to practice on. Finished pieces will be bisque fired and finished with a clear glaze.

Maureen Marcotte is among the most talented and renowned potters in the Ottawa region. She has been working as a studio potter for over 40 years. Maureen and her partner/husband David McKenzie make a formidable potting team. Together they run a gallery attached to their studio in the artistic community of Wakefield Quebec. Maureen has also been a participant of the prestigious 260 Fingers show in Ottawa since it first began.

Using porcelain clay fired to cone 10 in electric kilns, she creates functional decorative pottery that is either wheel thrown, slab built or slip cast. To maintain excitement & passion, over a long career, she is constantly thinking ahead to new work, experimenting with various ideas and techniques. The result has been a steady evolution of her work, a refined and nuanced intensity in surface decoration. She has consistently been inspired by textiles and fibre techniques- Persian carpets, Fair Isle knitting patterns, batiks from around the world. Throughout the majority of her career, she has used wax resist and underglaze colours to apply layered patterns to her forms.