Hi, my name’s Marita Manson, and in this online workshop, I will be teaching you how to prepare and use coloured paper porcelain to create a unique slab mug. Using this method to decorate your work allows for you to play freely with your surfaces while creating works with lots of depth.
I will demonstrate how I prepare multicoloured slabs, and decorate them using thin sheets of clay that I cut with scissors. There will be tips and tricks shared for keeping your fresh designs from smudging while manipulating the slabs into mugs, and various strategies I use to prevent cracks in my translucent porcelain. Finally I will discuss and demonstrate my method for making a handle that is both comfortable and contemporary.
In this workshop we will:
Step 1: Discuss design and creating a template.
Step 2: Discuss clay preparation. I will explain my method for adding paper fibre and stain to porcelain.
Step 3: Create the coloured slab. I will demonstrate rolling and laminating coloured slabs to create a multicoloured base from which to build the design.
Step 4: Pattern the slab. I will demonstrate how I roll very thin pieces of clay, and cut them with scissors to create paper-clay pieces to collage the surface with.
Step 5: Make the handle. I will demonstrate how I plan a handle, and create a comfortable grip that complements my modern cups. We will use a combination of pulled pieces and textured slabs to achieve the handle.
Step 6: Assemble the cup. I will demonstrate how I assemble all the pieces to create a mug.
By the end of the work shop you will be able to prepare and decorate coloured clay slabs, and use them to create interesting cups that need only a clear glaze.
Coloured paper porcelain (or, porcelain, toilet paper, mason stain, drill mixer, weigh scale, buckets, spatula, and plaster if mixing), construction paper and pen, ruler, rolling pin and 1/4″ slats, knife, round cookie cutters, scoring tool, metal kidney, sheet plastic, heavy duty scissors, paint brush, water (or slip made from clay and deflocculant).
When you buy this workshop, you get:
- Watch my Online Workshop
- We will meetup online to watch my workshop which will be around 60-90 minutes long.
- Bonus Q&A
- Watch my live Q&A where I answer 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
Marita Manson is an emerging artist in the field of ceramics. She is fascinated with pop culture, human activity and the domestic interior, and uses a sense of humour and play to create functional and sculptural work. Marita holds a BSc from the University of Victoria and studied ceramics at the University of Victoria, the Kootenay School of the Arts, and the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts in Iceland.
Marita’s work has been shown in galleries both locally and internationally, and in 2018 she was a finalist for the Salt Spring Island Ceramics Awards. In 2021 Marita was an International Artist in Residence at Medalta where she focused on building large scale ceramic furniture items and sculpture.
She is a founding member of the Victoria Mud League, an organization dedicated to showcasing and connecting local ceramic artists. Marita currently lives in Victoria, BC, where she has a small studio and works as a studio technician and educator at the Cedar Hill Art Centre.