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244 South Bank Drive
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1M7

Graceful + Architectural + Whimsical + Functional. Fine porcelain and stoneware ceramics, designed and created by hand on Salt Spring Island



Tabitha Steager

Some beautiful work from students drying in prep for the first firing

Some beautiful work from students drying in prep for the first firing

Workshop Details

All workshops take place Saturday & Sunday from 10am-5pm
September 24 & 25 - FULL
October 22 & 23 - FULL
November 5 & 6 - FULL

All workshops take place at my studio on Salt Spring Island. These two day workshops are suitable for beginner to advanced students. Space is limited to 8-9 students so that I can spend a lot of hands-on time with each student.

I take you through hand building, wheel throwing, and decorative techniques. If there is anything in particular you really would like to learn or create during the weekend, all you need to do is let me know and we'll do our best to make it happen together!


Hand Building
Hand building, as I have found for myself as well, can be even more creative than throwing. I will have slabs of clay ready for you to work with. I will show you quick and easy ways of making mugs to teapots. You will be addicted in no time.

Wheel Throwing
Wheels will be ready to go after the first morning of demos and hand building. I will watch you throw and trouble shoot everything from your ergonomics to your pace. I am happy to demo and teach anything you wish.

Full place settings made by students!

Full place settings made by students!

I have many coloured slips and underglazes that we will be working with. We will be imprinting clay, carving and painting. I will give lots of decorating demos.

Finishing & Glazing
You will do the final finishes of your "greenware," unfired pieces. Due to timing and complexity, my assistant and I put your pieces through their initial bisque firing and glaze all your pieces. I will have samples of all my glazes and have a short individual glazing meeting regarding the finishing of each of your pieces.

We have amazing potluck lunches, often filled with local foods like Salt Spring cheese and other treats from our famous Saturday Market. 

Classes run from 10am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

$275 includes all the materials, hands-on instruction and glazing and firing. 

A $200** deposit per weekend (many students opt to take more than one class) reserves your spot.

**Due to the costs of materials and time, I've had to institute a new policy regarding cancellation or rescheduling. If you need to cancel or reschedule to another date (space permitting), you can do so with a full refund up to two weeks before the start of the class. Less than two weeks notice will result in a $75 charge, so you would get $125 of your $200 deposit back. This is not something I decided upon easily but as an independent small business owner, it is something I need to put in place.

Spots sell out quickly, so please email me at juliemackinnonceramics [at] to reserve your spot.