Animal Teapot Workshop with Jessica Sallay-Carrington



WHEN:  September 2019

day 1: September 7, 12-4pm

day 2:  September 8, 12-5pm

day 3: September 21, 12-3pm

Sphynx teapotWHERE: Main & Station’s Nonesuch Centre, 171 Queen Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0

INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Sallay-Carrington

For this 3 day workshop Jessica will be teaching the hollow solids technique she uses to build her teapots and sculptures.

Sculptural ceramics is a diverse and complicated art form, always allowing for more room to grow and new techniques to learn. Each technique allows its own approach and each has its advantages. The two most common building techniques for creating a clay sculpture are coil-building and slab-building.

In this workshop Jessica will teach a method which involves first handbuilding the clay object solid, then hollowing it out before firing. So the teapots will be built as solid forms, then cut up and hollowed out before reassembling for the completion of the animal teapots.

Some basic understanding of clay is suggested but not necessary.

Hot Bun Teapot



During the first half hour to an hour on the first day, Jessica will introduce the technique, what is possible to do with it, and how long each part of the process will take.



Materials and tools will be provided but, if you already have your own clay sculpting tools, it is recommended that you bring them with you.


This is a 3-day workshop. Each day is structured as follows

  • Day 1: (4-5 hours) The workshop will begin with a demonstration on how to start building the teapots. Jessica will build one teapot from scratch so everyone can see what the early stages look like. Everyone will begin building their teapots as solid forms this day.

  • Day 2: (5-6 hours) Once the teapots have been sitting out overnight they are ready to be hollowed out. Jessica will begin with a demonstration on how to cut apart and hollow out the teapots, then reassemble and add details. After the demo everyone will begin cutting and hollowing their forms. Once hollowed they will reassemble the pieces and add any textures or small details. This is a lot to
    cover in one day so there is a chance some people may take a
    little longer if their forms are more complicated.

    Time will be given for a lunch break. If you wish to opt into the vegetarian lunch at the Nonesuch Café, let us know. The cost is 15$. Otherwise you can get something at one of the other local eateries or bring a lunch. 

  • Day 3: (3-4 hours) The last day is for glazing, this needs to be long enough after the building day so there is time for the pieces to be dry and safely fired. Jessica will begin with a short demonstration on how to glaze the works, which typically is washes of stains or underglaze, with a clear glaze on the inside of the teapot to finish.

    The pieces need to be fired one more time, then they are ready to be picked up!

If you have any questions, email us at [email protected]


If you will be coming from out of town, we do have accommodations available. Please let us know if you need any help or information, such as with directions or accommodations.


Cost/Participant – $180.00 + tax = $207

Price includes clay, glaze, stains, and firings.


Please note that space in this workshop is limited.  We recommend you register as soon as you decide.


To register send an email to [email protected], or call 514-979-3978, or stop in and see us at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro.  An email will be sent to confirm your registration.  If you do not receive confirmation within 5 days, please contact us.


If you wish to pay by credit card, let us know when you register and we will email you a PayPal invoice.

Pay the easy way with an Interac e-Transfer: simply go to your online bank and send a transfer to [email protected]

If you wish to pay by cheque or cash, stop in and see us or mail it to Main & Station,  PO Box 507, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia B0M 1S0



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