Northcote Pottery Supplies

Northcote Pottery Supplies

Brunswick East, VIC

Surface Safari with Dawn Vachon

What to Bring

  • Notepad and pen
  • Apron

What to Wear

  • This workshop is hands-on, please wear appropriate clothing. Covered shoes are a must.

Surface Safari with Dawn Vachon

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Saturday 9 April 9.30am-3.30pm

What You Will Learn

  • How to use a variety of decorative techniques
  • Develop confidence in developing ceramic surfaces
  • Painting, marbling, sgraffito, resist techniques and more!

What You Get

  • A great knowledge base of decorative options
  • Fired sample tiles exploring a wide array of decorative effects


Have you had some experience with clay and glaze, but want to know more? Are you uncertain about available decorative techniques? Don't know what the terms 'sgraffito' or 'mishima entail?

In this one-day workshop with Dawn Vachon participants will introduced to a wide array of decorative techniques and decorating materials for stoneware. Through demonstrations participants will be shown how to apply these techniques and discover their potential for creating interesting surfaces. This workshop allows participants to explore and experiment. Our aim is for participants to aquire knowledge and confidence to continue developing their ceramic surfaces into the future. The following techniques will be explored, on leatherhard or bisque tiles. These tiles will be fired for students to keep.

Slip - making slip, stains in slip, texture, trailing, painting, marbling, sgraffito, inlay, mishima. 

Underglazes - painting, paper resist, sgraffito, sponging, including ceramic pencils.

Glazing - dipping, pouring, brushing, layering, cold wax resist, latex, overglaze painting with stains and oxides.

Lustres - application.

IMPORTANT: This workshop is best suited to participants with some previous experience with ceramics, such as those that have completed a six week course, or equivalent. This workshop focuses on stoneware surfaces. This is an exploratory workshop for experimenting with a range of surface techniques. Students should not expect to get resolved finished items. If you have any questions please call us on (03) 9387 3911.

Tutor Profile Dawn Vachon

Dawn Vachon is a Canadian born ceramic artist currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2004 Dawn has been studying and creating ceramics. She completed a four year Fine Arts Degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver) in 2008, with a focus on ceramics. Dawn's work has been featured in The Age, The Design Files and numerous magazines. Her work is stocked in SMALLpieces and Craft in Melbourne. Most recently Dawn has been invited to exhibit in 'Back to the Table: Tableware by Emerging Ceramic Artists', at Sturt Gallery, NSW. Dawn currently teaches our six week Taster Course at Northcote Pottery Supplies.

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Apr 2016
Surface Safari with Dawn Vachon - 09 Apr 2016 9:30 AM

Dawn's class was so informative. I learned so many surface decorating techniques both on bisque ware, leatherhard clay and even glazed items. The whole day was so much fun and I went home with so many ideas and now much more understanding of what I can do to decorate my pieces. I would thoroughly recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to explore the next step. Dawn is a great teacher.

Nov 2015
Surface Safari with Dawn Vachon - 15 Nov 2015 10:00 AM

Surface Safari with Dawn was a really great taster course. I got lots of great ideas and discovered new ways of working with glazes, stains and lustres (to name a few). Really great techniques that I can bring into my classroom!

Nov 2015
Surface Safari with Dawn Vachon - 15 Nov 2015 10:00 AM

The class was great in re-establishing the basics of glazing which I found handy as a refresher. There was a lot of new information to take in (& I definitely took notes frantically throughout!) I learnt many new tequniques & Dawn was great in showing us little tips & tricks to better our practice. I left with the enthusiasm to try new methods & new glazes Iv never tried before. The only thing I might suggest is that perhaps it would be nice to see how some of the example tiles turn out - Could the example tiles made by Dawn in the workshop be fired and photos emailed to participants for future reference? Also, it would have been nice to receive a discount on purchases made from the shop on the day...

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