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Pinch Pots + Barrel Firing

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Saskatoon Makerspace

209 Avenue D South

Saskatoon, SK S7M 1P8

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Working with clay is one of the oldest forms of art. It can be done by anyone and with next to no special equipment.

This workshop will introduce one of the most important techniques used by potters and ceramicists, the pinch-pot. Often overlooked for its deceptive simplicity, the pinch-pot is an essential technique for understanding how to work with clay.

Even if you do not usually work with clay, this workshop is an opportunity to re-connect with touch in your practice and will teach you mindfulness techniques that are useful in other creative disciplines.

After making pinch pots, there will be the opportunity to finish them using a technique known as ‘barrel-firing’. This is one of the oldest firing techniques in ceramics and produces a fascinating, varied finish. It involves placing the finished pieces in a barrel, covering them with sawdust and kerosene, and lighting everything on fire.

The workshop is divided in two parts and requires no previous knowledge and no special equipment, only willingness to play, get messy, and learn how to let the materials lead your making process.


Part 1 - September 11 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm [ pinch pots ]

Part 2 - September 28 [ barrel firing - optional to attend ]


Please note barrel-firing is a high-risk technique, meaning that many pots could break in the firing process and there is no guarantee of a final product; giving up control to chance is what makes this technique so exciting.

The resulting pieces that do survive are for decoration only and are not suitable for use with food.

Rebecca La Marre is a Canadian artist with a writing, research and performance practice. Her research investigates how ritual, desire and technologies like language can shape bodies, and what that contributes to an experience of being a person. Her performances make use of materials that include the human voice, text, and clay.

Her work is exhibited and published internationally. Venues include the Serpentine Gallery, MOMA PS1, and the Darling Foundry. Her writing has been published in journals and periodicals including the Organism for Poetic Research, Poetry is Dead, and Through Europe. She is an emeritus commissioning editor for E.R.O.S. Journal.

She works as the editor and publications coordinator at Remai Modern in Saskatoon.


* photos by Carey Shaw

* please wear clothes that are suitable to get dirty.



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