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Workshops 2017: Throwing Clinic with Mary Fox

Throwing Clinic — Friday April 7, 2017 at the Saskatoon Potters Guild teaching studio (10 — 4)

Potting since the age of 13, Mary has learned a lot over the years and is happy to pass on. She will spend one on one time with participants helping them with any areas they may have problems. She can easily spot where people need to make changes and help them improve their throwing skills in a short time.

Lecture with Powerpoint — Friday April 7, 2017 at the Clarence Downey Speedskating Oval Building, Avenue R & Dudley, Saskatoon at 7:00 p.m.

A one-hour lecture followed by a question & answer period where Mary will show examples of her work from the age of 13 to what she is working on today. Mary will share with you how her personal style developed and talk openly about some of the problems that she encountered on the road to becoming the potter/artist that she is today.

Two Day Demo Workshop – Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9, 2017, 10 — 4

Explore the creative process. Personal road blocks will be up for discussion and time will be spent talking about what can be done to jump start ourselves when we’re jammed up and frustrated. Mary likes to help people with whatever they are struggling with, be that personal development, glazing, marketing their work, throwing, pulling handles or any other issues they’d care to work on.

Day One - Exploring the Creative Process and Developing your Style

  • A lecture where Mary will show examples of her work from the age of 13 to what she is working on today. Mary will share with you how her personal style developed and talk openly about some of the problems that encountered on the road to becoming the potter/artist that she is today.
  • Time permitting the throwing demonstration will start
  • Lunch
  • Throwing demonstration: Demonstration of some of her most popular forms, the dropped collars, torn rims, chalices and how her large vases are created - thrown in 2 stages, over 2 days. Mary will discuss growing your throwing skills and also spend some time learning about pulling handles.

Day Two:

  • Trimming the work from the day before and doing the second stage of creating the vase thrown in two sections.
  • Handbuilding talk with images
  • Glazing advice
  • Lunch
  • Critique session and discussion around fostering creativity
  • Once people get over their fear of being "critiqued", this can be the most exciting part of the workshop. Critiquing peoples work is a process that can help people learn how to look at their work differently and how to figure out what they need to focus on. Have no fear, Mary likes to build people up, not tear them down! Be brave, put it all on the line and see how far you can go in your process of learning about yourself and your work.
  • For the critique part of the workshop participants will be asked to bring one piece of their work that they are happy with and a few pieces that they are not happy with.

Some Testimonials

Thanks for a terrific workshop on Salt Spring last weekend. I don’t throw, I hand build but I learned some very cool things. You are an inspiration! Shaping Dharma through Creativity at Red Door Yoga, Lantzville, BC It was about a journey into finding and handling your passion in a way that allows your dharma to take shape! I addressed the questions: Passion, how do we find it?, When we do find it, how do we handle it?, Do we embrace it fully, dive into it and go where it leads? Or, are we intimidated by its power and scared to embrace it? In this lecture, I shared how I have learned over the years to follow my creative passion and where that has taken me. And with honesty and enthusiasm, I shared some of the creative and personal challenges I have met along the way.

Spiritually nourishing! – SP

The willingness of the presenter to be transparent, vulnerable, and personal enabled me to make an emotional heart connection. – BH

I knew of and had seen Mary’s work, but had no idea of the story behind it. It was as if she spoke directly to my own struggles as a small business owner and artist. – B

TriCity Potters: Lecture 2013

Thank you so much for the excellent lecture given to Tri City Potters last Wednesday. Your talk was packed full of ideas and interesting stories. You spoke clearly and with humour. Your attention to our members’ questions was also appreciated. Great evening. I heard you at Tricity Potters the other night. Loved your presentation especially your sharing of details of your work. I’m a late bloomer although I went to art school in Vancouver in the 1960s. I particularly liked your approach to hand building flowing forms. I like to start with a block of clay and claw away. It was encouraging to see how you developed your style through non-stop trying. And I know we should all strive the same way. Your pictures told so much.

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