Sumptuous Surfaces with Shannon Garson

In this two day workshop explore the world of ceramic colour and drawing without using glazes. With a painterly approach, learn to work in an intuitive, expressive way to achieve layered, sophisticated surfaces, using a mix of underglazes, oxides and glaze stains taking your work to the next level.

This is a two day workshop:

  • Saturday, 20 May, 1-7pm; and
  • Sunday, 21 May, 9:30am-4:30pm.


Participants should bring:

  • 6-10 unfired bone dry green ware pieces to decorate, wheel-thrown or hand-built, any clay but bring some white
  • 4-6 tiles or shards of clay (15x15cm) to decorate, bone dry green ware, any clay but bring some white
  • Brushes, at least 4, varying sizes.
  • 2 cheap acrylic brushes
  • Sgraffito tools
  • 2x metal ribs
  • A couple of small jars for shellac
  • Sketchbook
  • Pens and pencils
  • Scissors
  • Camera/phone camera
  • Small and inexpensive paint palette
  • Other favourite tools, such as pin tool, banding wheel
  • Old towel
  • Images of ceramics and artworks that inspire.


Morning and afternoon tea provided. Please bring a plate of food to share for Sunday lunch (plates and cutlery will be provided).

$500 for members; $545 for non-members. 

Members, please ensure that you are first logged in, and then use the discount code ‘memberfee’ at checkout to secure your place at the member rate. Not a member? Join via our website here.


About Shannon Garson

Shannon Garson is an Australian ceramic artist, writer and curator with a studio practice spanning 20 years that includes commissions for festivals, exhibitions at public and private galleries, and arts advocacy. Shannon began her creative life as a painter and this is evident in the intricate drawings that move across the surface of her thrown porcelain vessels. Shannon also works across a range of media using drawing, ceramics , photography and performance to investigate the relationship between human activity and the infinite variety of striations, spots, and marks found in nature.

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