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Katriona Drijber

Katriona Drijber

Katriona Drijber

Katriona Drijber

Katriona Drijber

Katriona Drijber


Instructor: Katriona Drijber

September 25–27, 2020
(Friday–Sunday, 10am–12pm, 3pm–4:30pm PDT)
Structure of Class: 3 2-hour and 3 1.5-hour Zoom sessions

All levels

Registration deadline: September 18, 2020

Registration for this class has ended. Please call the Mendocino Art Center for more information:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Day 1: On day one of the workshop I will do a demo on throwing with porcelain. This will include centering and some tricks on how to manage centering porcelain, pulling up walls, and shaping. I will demonstrate a cup form, a bowl form, and a jar form so we can talk about lids as well.

I will also do a trimming demo on this day and talk about laying the groundwork for pattern, which I will demonstrate pattern application on day two.

Day 2: On day two of the workshop, I will talk about the application of pattern to the pieces from the previous day. I will talk about what stage I work at with applying pattern to the form, what tools I use to apply this pattern, and how I make pattern ‘work’ with form. I will demonstrate a few different patterns I like to use, and encourage students to find patterns they enjoy – whether they are repeat-patterns like I use or more free flowing patterns. I will also do a demonstration on slip trailing, and a demonstration on how I make my slip.

After the greenware decorating demo, I will talk a little bit about my approach to glazing. I will talk about my thoughts on combining glazes, my technique of glaze trailing, and some helpful hints on glaze trailing (such as whether or not to use wax when glaze trailing).

Day 3: On day three we will do the china paint demonstration. I will show students how to prepare the pieces for china painting, how I transfer images onto glazed ware, and how I think about placement of image and how image can relate to pattern. I will then talk about the mixing of pigment with water, powdered sugar, and powdered milk to make ‘paint’ and painting said material onto the ceramic surface. I will demonstrate my reductive technique of ‘erasing’ and shading the china paint to tighten up the image and make it look more ‘finished.’ I will then talk about secondary and perhaps even tertiary firings, and will demonstrate applying a second layer of china paint to a piece that has already been fired once. I will also talk a little bit about applying luster.


KATRIONA DRIJBER is a ceramic artist who was born and raised in a small coal mining town in British Columbia, Canada. Drijber was only 16 when she graduated high school and left home to attend Kootenay School of the Arts. It was here that she took her first clay class and began a lifelong fascination with ceramics.

Several years after earning her diploma in studio ceramics at KSA, Drijber went back to school to complete her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta. The visiting instructor program at ACAD exposed Drijber to many national and international professional artists and opened her eyes to the world of research and travel that ceramics could open up.

After graduating from ACAD, Drijber attended residencies and conducted ceramic research at institutions such as the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, the Banff Center in Canada, and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. A recent MFA graduate of Utah State University, she has worked and attended residencies at institutions such as Penland School of Craft, North Carolina; Arrowmont School of Craft, Tennessee; and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. She is currently a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.

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Non-members: $360 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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