Layered Surfaces: Integrating Surface & Form

This is an on-demand virtual workshop

Learn how to create rich and layered surfaces on your pottery, and create cohesive pots, all in under 3 hours!

The workshop everyone has been asking for!

Are you looking to add more colour and pattern to your pots and help them stand out from the crowd, but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’re looking to learn strategies for integrating surface & form, and create more cohesive, balanced pots?

Layered Surfaces: Integrating Surface & Form, is a step-by-step workshop that will teach you how to elevate the surface of your pots and stop being afraid of decorating your work!

In the new Layered Surfaces: Integrating Surface & Form workshop, you’ll learn all the decorating techniques I teach in the original version of this workshop, including my signature method of working with newsprint cutouts to create pattern and depth on your pots. PLUS, I’ll show you my strategies for integrating surfaces and form, and how I decorate more complex shapes. 

In this workshop you will learn how to add more colour and depth to your work, and integrate surface and form by showing you how to:

  • Use newsprint cutouts to add pattern and unique designs to your pots.
  • Layer underglazes and transparent slip to create rich and layered surfaces on your pottery.
  • Learn my strategies for working with colour.
  • Learn how I approach integrating surface and form, to create unique pots that stand out from the crowd.
  • Learn how I decorate a variety of more complex forms, including: mugs, platters, bowls, and pitchers.
  • You will also have access to a past recording of the workshop.

And as a bonus, I’m also including these lessons free of charge:

  • A video of how I mix my joining slip.
  • A resource page with some ideas for where to get inspiration for adding texture and creating patterns.
  • A PDF download of my White Slip and Clear Glaze recipes (for use at cone 6 and under).
  • An overview of all the tools I use most in my studio.
  • A video lesson on brush care and how to minimize underglaze waste.

Naomi Clement Online Pottery Educator and Ceramic Artist
About The Instructor

Hi, I’m Naomi Clement, I’m a ceramic artist, teacher, and creative entrepreneur. I’ve been working in clay for over 22 years, and I’ve taught workshops and exhibited my work all across Canada and the US.  I have my BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and my MFA in Ceramics from Louisiana State University.

Today I am well known for my elegant hand-built forms and the rich and layered surfaces on my pots. I was a thrower for many years, but switched to hand-building a few years ago now and have never looked back! At first I was intimidated by hand-building functional work—I thought it meant I wouldn’t be able to get consistent forms or that it would take forever to get a single pot. But I loved the new world of form and texture that opened up to me when I started hand-building my pots. Sure, it did take a bit longer, but ultimately I was way happier with the end results. Plus, slab-building my pots means I get to add lots of yummy texture to them which contributes to my signature layered surfaces. Hand-building opened up a whole new way of thinking about and decorating my work, and I’ve never looked back.

I created this workshop to share some of the basic strategies that have worked for me, and help you learn how to create your own unique pots!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the class start?
The workshop starts as soon as you join! It is a self-paced, instant access class, so all you have to do is sign up, and you’ll get all the info on how to access the course delivered right to your inbox within about 15 min.

How long do I have access to this course?
You’ll have access to this course for 90 days from the date of purchase. You can watch is as much as you like during that time, and on any devices you own.

What kinds of tools do I need to take the workshop? You will be able to make everything I demonstrate using the basic pottery tools you already have on hand. So as long as you have some clay, and your standard pottery tools (wire cutter, knife, sponge, and a board to work on), you’ll be good to go. One thing you will need access to is a kiln to fire your finished work. If you want to know more about the tools I use most in my work, check out this video.

How does it work?
This is a virtual workshop, simply click here to purchase it. After that, check your inbox for an email from my virtual platform, Naomi’s School, with a link to login to your new account and access the course. You will get instant access to the course, and can start right away!

Due to the digital nature of this product (you could literally watch the whole thing in under 3 hours!), we don’t offer refunds.

$60.00 USD
What students are saying about Naomi's workshops
" Naomi has such a relaxed and down-to-earth approach to teaching and is VERY generous with all she share. Love her workshops! I have attended two so far and look forward to more. Naomi is an EXCELLENT teacher! I've learned so much from her! "
— Lin
“ I took your surface decoration workshop awhile back and just wanted to thank you!! I’ve been stuck on a project for too long—your workshop was very inspiring and really helped me focus on simplifying my idea. ”
— Heather
“ I have taken two workshops with Naomi and I learned so much at both! She is so patient and open with information and tips, which makes her so approachable for students and people learning. After those two workshops I would definitely take another workshop with Naomi! ”
— Hannah

“ Great workshop again today. It was just what I needed. I'm motivated to get in the studio and dive in again – thank you! ”
— Gretchen
" I've taken 3 virtual workshops so far from Naomi Clement, and each one gives me such inspiration! I find myself watching more than once, taking copious notes, and so totally engaged that I'm amazed 2 hours can go by so quickly! "
— Kim
" Naomi is clear, concise, and very willing to answer all questions during the demo. I've asked Naomi questions post-workshop and she is incredibly responsive and kind. I really hope one day to take an in-person workshop from Naomi, but for now I will settle for online and look forward to more..."
— Kim