I arrived to lots of excited chatter, anticipating the fun and learning about to happen.
Marienne placed us under the umbrella of ‘only pottery associated things to be discussed for our time here’. She then centred us all with some light exercises and relaxation. This focused everyone on the task ahead.
Once down to business, Marienne demonstrated how to make a slip, with many helpful hints thrown in, proving to be the trend for the day. Marienne has a wealth of knowledge which she shared with us, little tidbits of information popping out all the time; such as the ideal base to width dimensions of a bowl and why slip as opposed to underglaze. If you want to know the answers to these questions you will have to wait for next year, when we’re hoping to convince Marienne to hold another workshop.
Over the morning Marienne demonstrated 12 techniques of how to apply slip. Some of them included using the wheel, some painting, some dipping, slip trailing, such a variety. Some were simple, others taking practice to achieve, all were visually interesting. I think this workshop gave all attendees something to carry on with.
Morning tea was plentiful and scrumptious (as I believe has become our tradition at the Workshop), along
with much chatter and laughter. Not just lots of food, but lots of food for thought.
Towards the end of the workshop, someone said, ‘we will have to do this again’ and everyone agreed. It was not only an informative workshop, but fun. Thank you Marienne for sharing your knowledge, skills and passion with us.
Lesley Weber CCPS President
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