Handbuilding and Surface Decoration with Mariko Paterson August 29th & 30th, from 9:30am – 3:30pm


In this two-day workshop Mariko Paterson, will introduce all to her weird and wonderful world of handbuilding and surface decoration. Participants will delve into making platters alongside of her which we shall parlay into an exploration of surface techniques including Mariko’s take on Mishima. Tips on underglazing will be shared and practiced on these pieces as well as premade/bisqued pieces brought in by attendees. She’ll also open a Pandora Box of decals and whisper sweet nothings on how to design, apply and arrange them with the panache that only the most fashionable potter could ponder. China paints shall make an appearance too as they are a fantastic means of adding a little extra something-something to that piece that needs a little tweaking. In addition to the “Let’s Get Physical” part of the show, the workshop will be complimented by presentations of Mariko’s worldwide adventures in Clayland and witty technique-specific repartee.

Participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to design their very own custom decal. Mariko will fabricate them at Forage Studios, her studio in Halifax and deliver them to participants at the workshop. Details will follow after enrollment.  

 Mariko’s Bio

Mariko Paterson has been around the ceramic block. Born and raised in Vancouver, she skedaddled after a stint at Langara College to pursue a degree at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and then Kent State University in Ohio to complete her MFA degree. While New York City, Michigan, Ohio and Manitoba have served as some points of professional pursuits, Halifax, Nova Scotia now serves as the world ceramic headquarters of the small, but mighty Forage Studios.

Forage Studios presents a ceramic style not intended for the faint of heart. Historical interests mingle and meld with handbuilding techniques when it comes to satisfying Mariko’s sculptural wants. Each piece is fired multiple times to build up rich layers of glaze, china paints, decals and gold luster which make her a combination of both crazy and satisfied in the end. Her dalliance with the pottery wheel has resulted in smaller functional forms that allow Mariko to her love of creamy clay bodies, color galore and curious illustration.

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