Joy of Texture : Creating a Hand Built Mug
Saturday October 8th from 12 – 3pm @ Mahon Hall
For ages 7 – 10 10 students max.
This workshop is centered around the process of playing with clay, and exploration. The goal of SSICA is to bring ceramic artists together to celebrate this delightful medium. In this workshop, students will be given a large, rolled slab of clay and various texture tools with which to explore. Emphasis will be given to the process, and to the joy of creating. With some basic building and joining skills, the students will piece together their creations into a functional mug. Students will select the glaze of their choice, and the pottery will be fired and ready in 2 weeks for them to pick up.
Born in Burlington, Ontario, LeeAnn moved with her family to Calgary, Alberta, where her father started a new business. LeeAnn continued her education at the University of Calgary where, in 1995, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. From there, she worked in the oil and gas industry for a few years before deciding to marry and travel the world. An eight month journey with her husband, Sean, took them to India, Nepal, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, and Africa.
Upon returning to Canada, LeeAnn was accepted into the Alberta College of Art and Design, where she took a new career path in the arts. In her second year, she fell in love with clay, and had decided to major in Ceramics. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Ceramics.
After graduation, she began a family, and took every opportunity to create clay pieces in her spare time. In 2006, the family made a move to Salt Spring Island. This allowed LeeAnn more time to focus on her work and craftsmanship where she concentrated her efforts on earthenware clay and the finishing/glazing technique of Terra Sigillata. Though the original plan was to stay for a year, they fell in love with the west coast, and particularly the community on Salt Spring, where they work and play today.
Currently, LeeAnn’s ceramic work has evolved to become more sculptural and she is working with Cone 6 clay, which is providing to be both challenging and satisfying. Though she very much enjoys dabbling in other mediums such as paint and charcoal drawing, clay is truly the one that has her heart, and where most of her creative energy is focused. She enjoys meeting new people and selling her work through her home studio which is on the Salt Spring Studio Tour, and through the Salt Spring Gallery.