Explore the beauty and mysteries of glass and clay in a number of different forms. Visiting thriving artist studios and production spaces, you will work with artists in the spaces they use to create their own work.

This cohort will get messy while exploring, designing and constructing a variety of art pieces and functional clay projects using a range of traditional and non-traditional methods including fusing, pottery, and more!

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This hands-on cohort will work through a variety of clay sculpting techniques from hand building to throwing on the pottery wheel at local studio spaces.

In combination with these techniques, the students will explore glass fusing, cutting and glazing their clay work with pieces of glass to build and foster an appreciation for play through creative environments and by connecting with local artists.



Throughout this week long exploration of all things Clay and Glass related, students will visit artists located on nearby Saltspring Island, participating in an intensive hand sculpting workshop right in an artists studio space. They will tour a number of studio spaces, to see how artists work and present their work.

They will also spend multiple days building upon their glass fusing skills and creating art!

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Judy Tobacco, SMUS PE teacher, coach and, in the past, history and geography teacher, also has a passion for all things stained glass. She is a local artisan, continuing a thriving craft where she creates and sells her own stained glass works. Alex Cecill, with SMUS Visual Arts career that spans both 2D and 3D mediums, has ran a sculpting cohort for multiple years and brings unique artistic talent, local connections and an inspiring appreciation for creative play to this fusion cohort!


An important element of the Experiential program is building strong relationships with local community members and businesses.
See links to those resources, businesses and community members below.

Hands on Pottery welcomed the Ceramic Glass cohort into their studio space on Expedition day #1, October 16th.