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Make Your Mark: Explore Chops

Friday, August 16th ~ 3-5pm OR 6-8pm

  • 60 Canadian dollars


Upgrade your work and make your pieces more professional with your own handmade chop mark stamp! Used in lieu of a signature, each artist has their own mark that is unique to them. While they have a wider history, within an art context, chop marks are a unique stamp historically used by Chinese and Japanese ceramics and printmakers. Now it is a common practice in the West. Carved from a variety of materials, this historically allows the artist to have a consistent mark they put on each one of their works. In contemporary western ceramics, many ceramic studios (including ours) require each artist to have a mark they put on each of their works to identify it as their own. Many beginner ceramicists use a pin tool to carve this symbol into their work. In this workshop you will learn: ~ Subtractive carving techniques ~ Reversing images ~ Small detailed carving ~ How to best make a useable chop ~ Making a decorative handle for your stamp A chop mark will be fully functional after a bisque fire. After this workshop your piece will be bisque fired and then you can return to glaze the handle of your chop maker during one of our "Glazing 101" workshops which is included in the cost of your class! It is a one-hour intro to glazing that will teach you how to glaze the piece you’ve made. Alternatively, you may choose a single color that we will glaze for you. After glazing the piece will be glaze fired and you can expect your piece to be ready for pickup 2-3 weeks after you have glazed. We will always contact you for pickup.

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