Lesley McInally – Surface Effects on Clay

Hi my name is Lesley McInally and in this workshop I will share some of my surface techniques using slips, ceramic chalks, underglazes and monoprint. I will teach you how to make slip, how to add coloured pigments, how to make your own chalks and how to mono print onto clay. I will then demonstrate how to create some very exciting surfaces onto clay tiles and a finished vessel.

At the end of the workshop you will be able to explore all these exciting techniques in your own studio and create your own incredible pieces.

Suggested studio tools:
Clay ( any kind you normally use )
Bone dry clay (reclaimed from same clay above)
Hand blender for mixing small batches of slip.
You will need to prepare some clay test tiles. Leather hard. Size can be approx 15x15cm or larger.
Lidded tubs for slips taking into account how many colours you want to make.
Ceramic stains. I will be using Spectrum and Mason.
Paper sheets for mono print. Either newsprint or what you have in your studio!
Underglaze. I will be using Spectrum and Amaco.

When you buy this workshop, you get:

  • Watch my Online Workshop
    • The workshop will be around 1 hour long.
  • Bonus Q&A
    • Watch my bonus Live Q&A where I answered questions about my process face-to-face
  • Lifetime Access to the Replays
    • The workshop and the Q&A are recorded, and you will have lifetime access to it. You can watch it online, or download it to your device to watch offline at any time

After this workshop, you could be making amazing work like this:

Lesley McInally completed her Bachelor of Design Honours Degree in Ceramics and Printmaking at Dundee University, Scotland. She worked as a full time professional ceramic artist producing both functional and decorative ceramics for galleries throughout the UK. In 2004 she immigrated to Canada where she continued her studio practice in Cookstown, Ontario. Lesley is widely known for her unique stretched slab and coiled built vessels. Incorporating her printmaking skills she also developed a highly tactile surface using coloured slips and underglazes which create a rich depth of surface texture. Lesley has taught her techniques in many ceramic educational establishments throughout Canada and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and grants. She continues to exhibit her work nationally and internationally.



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Workshop Includes

  • 2 Lessons
  • Workshop Certificate

Ratings and Reviews

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Linda Prager
Posted 1 week ago
Leslie's descriptions and demonstration of what she does were very clear and detailed. Very helpful.

I love layering textures and colors on my pieces, and this workshop gave me some new ways of thinking about how to do that.

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Michele Traves
Posted 2 weeks ago
Great experience

I'm quite new to pottery and this was my first online course. Lesley's work is SO inspiring and it turns out she's a fantastic teacher too! I really enjoyed the course, and creating pots in her style. I also very much appreciate the ability to go back and rewatch whenever I want 🙂

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Maria Botero
Posted 2 weeks ago

The workshop is fantastic,, the effects she creates on the clay are very beautiful

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Odd Octopus Studios
Posted 2 weeks ago
Eyeballing it

I absolutely love watching her workshop. It was like being hypnotized and lulled with color. Seeing how she mixes her color slip, not being precise was great, and just eyeballing it was liberating to hear. I can’t wait to try it all myself

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Francesca Tolot
Posted 2 weeks ago
I Really enjoyed it

Very informative

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