Adult weekend workshops cover a wide variety of techniques for working with clay, including hand building and throwing and surface decoration techniques that include carving, painting with underglaze, and appliqué. Suitable for beginners to advanced students, I spend a lot of individual time with each student based on their skills and what they want to learn and build. Students have built everything from vases and piggy banks to sets of plates and teapots. Many students return again and again, enhancing and building their skills each workshop they attend.
Standard workshops are Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm.
I occasionally offer multi-day intensive workshops.
Final drying, finishing, bisquing, and glazing of all student work happens in the studio and is ready for pick up (or transport as arranged) by students about 3 weeks after the class, depending on the season and studio firing schedule.
What some of my students are saying about my workshops
Julie Mackinnon is very knowledgeable about clay, glazing and ceramic techniques. She is an enthusiastic, fun instructor. Julie’s open sharing attitude with clay and students enables each person to explore a range of pottery techniques. Julie is able to bring out in people unrealized artistic skills using a blend of teaching, guidance and encouragement -- Jan Smith www.jansmith.ca
I have taken a few pottery classes over the years, and I have always loved working with clay despite my self-perceived inability to be artistic! Like so many of us, I can be very critical of myself.....and unfortunately, my perceived failures on the wheel, along with a busy life and caring for aging parents took me away from any thoughts of playing with clay for many years. Then a friend mentioned a pottery class she had taken, given by a wonderful teacher, on Salt Spring Island. She couldn't stop raving about the class and how excited she was about all of her creations! I got inspired and contacted Julie who luckily had a space in her next class. I tried to dismiss any thoughts of past frustrations and negative expectations....but it was really Julie who wiped all of that away and inspired me to be positive and open to the "art" of working with clay. Julie is an amazing human being and teacher. She is controlled but spontaneous, light spirited and passionate, structured but creative and artistic - she is humorous and full of life - she knows and understands clay as much as anyone can - and all of these qualities come across in her teaching. Julie is a talented potter and teacher, and she inspires her students - her energy is totally contagious. I am thoroughly enjoying my return to pottery because of Julie and I am really looking forward to more classes with her. -- Glynis Newman, DVM
WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS
My workshops for children are designed to be fun and encourage freedom of expression. We learn to build pots by hand and get messy on the wheel. We also paint pieces with underglaze. Final drying, finishing, bisquing, and glazing of all student work happens in the studio and is ready for pick up (or transport as arranged) about 3 weeks after the class, depending on the season and studio firing schedule.
Teaching is a close second in my heart to working with clay myself. I am constantly amazed by what my students created and the creativity and openness they bring to class. I teach workshops for both adults and children throughout the year. If you'd like to receive notification of upcoming workshops, please sign up for my email list and follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I announce upcoming dates as well as last-minute open spots due to cancellations.
I am also available to teach private workshops upon request in my studio on Salt Spring Island, time permitting.