Hollow Solids 2016: Building A Ceramic Sculpture



WHEN:  February 2016: the 6th, 13th, 14th, & 20th from 10 am to 4 pm

WHERE: Main & Station Second Floor, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0

INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Sallay-Carrington

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 a clay object solid, then hollowing it out before firing.

                                         Charles Breth
Charles Breth

Everyone should have an idea of what they want to make prior to coming to the workshop. The objective for this course is for each participant to build one 3D ceramic sculpture out of clay (or multiple smaller pieces) using a hollowed solid sculpting technique.

   Jessica Sallay-Carrington

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. Take a look at the images on this page to get an idea of some of the possibilities for this method.



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.

Adrian Arleo
Adrian Arleo



This is a 4-day workshop. Each day is 6 hours long.

  • Day 1– Building the solid ceramic piece
  • Day 2– Hollowing out the piece
  • Day 3– Finish hollowing out the piece, adding details. After Day 3, the pieces will be bisqued.
  • Day 4– The piece has been bisqued; this day is for glazing and other surface treatments. After Day 4, the pieces will be fired. Finished pieces can be picked up after the final firing is complete.

Lunches will be provided.  Please tell us when you register if you have any allergies or food restrictions.

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


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



Cost/Participant – $385.00 + tax = 442.75

Price includes clay, glaze, firings, and lunches.


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

Also, register by January 6th and pay only $345.00 + tax = 396.75

To register, please fill in the form below and send your payment to reserve your place. An email will be sent to confirm your registration and receipt of your payment.


If you wish to pay by credit card, select PayPal 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, mail it to Main & Station, 168 Main Street, PO Box 507, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia B0M 1S0

Please don’t forget to fill in the registration form above so that we can reserve your place immediately.


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