October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
VIRTUAL SURFACE SERIES: Mishima Illustration

10:00AM-12:00PM PT / 1:00PM-3:00PM ET

Instructor: Carole Epp

In this virtual workshop, Carole will cover her approach to narrative illustration on ceramics.  This process can be applied to both pottery and sculpture. Starting with design considerations for pottery form construction; this workshop will discuss how to successfully use visual design strategies to unify form and surface in your work and technical processes including handbuilding, mishima, and watercolor underglaze painting.

Workshop will start with a brief 15 min slide talk where Carole will discuss her work and what inspires her drawings.  Then she’ll delve into the drawing of an illustration on a platter form with step by step instructions on how to do the mishima process.  In the second part of the workshop Carole will discuss color theory and give step by step instructions on how to add color to the clay illustrations to add visual depth and layering.  After which there will be some time reserved for more in-depth, live Q&A. The video recording will be available for 30 days after the workshop.


Participants must pre-register for the workshop Zoom access & tool list. Once you register, the links will be in your confirmation email.  

All Levels
All Ages

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Carole Epp

Carole Epp


Carole Epp is a Canadian ceramic artist living and working in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She received her Masters Degree in Ceramics from the Australian National University in 2005 and has maintained a full-time studio practice since. Her ceramics branch off into two distinct bodies of work wherein she produces a line of figurative sculptural objects as well as domestic functional objects. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada, Australia, Scotland and the United States. She has taught workshops in Canada, the United States and Australia on ceramics, social media and professional practice. Her artwork and writing have also been published in magazine publications, websites and books; most notably in 2017 in Ceramics Monthly when she was named the Ceramic Artist of the Year. A fierce advocate for the ceramics community, she is editor of Musing About Mud an online blog that showcases information, calls for entry, exhibitions and artist profiles related to the ceramic arts; and is the co-founder of Make and Do ceramics which is a Canadian collective focused on the promotion of Canadian ceramics internationally. In 2020, she co-authored The Encyclopedia of Inspiration: Ceramics (Profiles of Potters and Artisans) through Uppercase publishing. She is currently working curating a major exhibition for the Ceramics Congress (May 2021) showcasing ceramics from across Canada to an international audience.