Workshops


Work Shops and Lectures with Mary Fox Below is a description of the type of workshops I offer along with some testimonials. Get in touch for availability.

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One Day Workshop

In my workshops, we will be exploring the creative process. Our own personal road blocks will be up for discussion and time will be spent talking about what we can do to jump start ourselves when we’re jammed up and frustrated. I like to help people with whatever they are struggling with, be that personal development, glazing, marketing their work, throwing, pulling handles or any other issues they’d care to work on.

  • Throwing Demo: I will demonstrate some of my most popular forms, the dropped collars, torn rims, chalices and time permitting, my large vases, these are done in 2 stages, usually over 2 days so there may not be time in a one day workshop. We will talk about growing your throwing skills and also spend some time learning about pulling handles.
  • Lunch
  • Critique session and discussion around fostering creativity
  • I have found that once people get over their fear of being “critiqued” that this can be the most exciting part of the workshop. I see critiquing peoples work as a process that can help people learn how to look at their work differently and how to figure out what they need to focus on. Have no fear, I like to build people up, not tear them down! Be brave, put it all on the line and see how far you can go in your process of learning about yourself and your work.
  • For the critique part of the workshop participants will be asked to bring one piece of their work that they are happy with and a few pieces that they are not happy with.
  • 10 am to 3 pm. Fee, $800.00 plus Travel

Two Day Workshop

In my workshops, we will be exploring the creative process. Our own personal road blocks will be up for discussion and time will be spent talking about what we can do to jump start ourselves when we’re jammed up and frustrated. I like to help people with whatever they are struggling with, be that personal development, glazing, marketing their work, throwing, pulling handles or any other issues they’d care to work on.

  • Exploring the Creative Process and Developing your Style
    • In this 2 hour lecture I will be showing examples of my work from the age of 13 to what I am working on today. Through this I will share with you how my personal style developed and talk openly about some of the problems that I encountered on the road to becoming the potter/artist that I am today.
    • Lunch
    • Throwing demonstration: I will demonstrate some of my most popular forms, the dropped collars, torn rims, chalices and how I create my large vases, thrown in 2 stages, over 2 days. We will talk about growing your throwing skills and also spend some time learning about pulling handles as I find a lot of potters can use help with this.
    • Your turn to throw: I have been throwing full time since I was a kid and find that I really enjoy helping people to grow their throwing skills. I will want people to throw for me so that I can spot their weak points and help move them forward. Please don’t be intimidated by this part of the workshop, remember, I was a beginner once too.
  • Day Two: We will start with me trimming the work from the day before and doing the second stage of creating the vase thrown in two sections.
  • I have found that once people get over their fear of being “critiqued” that this can be the most exciting part of the workshop. I see critiquing peoples work as a process that can help people learn how to look at their work differently and how to figure out what they need to focus on. Have no fear, I like to build people up, not tear them down! Be brave, put it all on the line and see how far you can go in your process of learning about yourself and your work.
  • Lunch
  • Critique session and discussion around fostering creativity
  • For the critique part of the workshop participants will be asked to bring one piece of their work that they are happy with and a few pieces that they are not happy with.
  • 10 am to 3 pm. Fee, $1600.00 plus Travel

Throwing Clinic

  • I am available for throwing coaching. I have been potting since I was 13 and have learned a lot over the years that I am happy to pass on. I will spend one on one time with participants helping them with any areas they may have problems. I can easily spot where people need to make changes and help them improve their throwing skills in a short time.
  • 10 am. to 3 pm. Fee, $650.00 per day plus Travel

Lectures with Powerpoint

  • Exploring the Creative Process and Developing your Style
  • In this 2 hour lecture I will be showing examples of my work from the age of 13 to what I am working on today. Through this I will share with you how my personal style developed and talk openly about some of the problems that I encountered on the road to becoming the potter/artist that I am today.
  • Fee $350.00 plus Travel
  • Intention: Our Creative Well

We have the power to mold and shape our lives into the life we dream of. Being conscious of and setting our intentions is a powerful way to guide our creative life.

In this talk I will be exploring how consciously setting our intentions can help to guide us through our life, creating the kind of life we aspire to. I believe that ultimately our life is shaped by our intentions; our intentions are the seeds from which our creativity grows.

I will share examples from my life’s path and talk about some of the ways we can easily get side tracked and off course.

A creative life is a gift; ultimately we need to create for ourselves without a care for how it will be received. I look forward to inspiring you and sharing some life stories that have helped shape me into the artist I am today.

Mary Fox

“You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

*Vedic text-Upanishads

  • Intention Lecture is about 1 1/2 hrs , $350.00 plus travel

Some Testimonials

Thanks for a terrific workshop on Salt Spring last weekend. I don’t throw, I hand build but I learned some very cool things. You are an inspiration!”

Shaping Dharma through Creativity at Red Door Yoga, Lantzville, BC

It was about a journey into finding and handling your passion in a way that allows your dharma to take shape! I addressed the questions: “Passion, how do we find it?”, “When we do find it, how do we handle it?”, “Do we embrace it fully, dive into it and go where it leads? Or, are we intimidated by its power and scared to embrace it?” In this lecture, I shared how I have learned over the years to follow my creative passion and where that has taken me. And with honesty and enthusiasm, I shared some of the creative and personal challenges I have met along the way.

“Spiritually nourishing!” – SP

“The willingness of the presenter to be transparent, vulnerable, and personal enabled me to make an emotional heart connection.” – BH

“I knew of and had seen Mary’s work, but had no idea of the story behind it. It was as if she spoke directly to my own struggles as a small business owner and artist.” – B

TriCity Potters: Lecture 2013

Thank you so much for the excellent lecture given to Tri City Potters last Wednesday. Your talk was packed full of ideas and interesting stories. You spoke clearly and with humour. Your attention to our members’ questions was also appreciated. Great evening. I heard you at Tricity Potters the other night. Loved your presentation especially your sharing of details of your work. I’m a late bloomer although I went to art school in Vancouver in the 1960s. I particularly liked your approach to hand building flowing forms. I like to start with a block of clay and claw away. It was encouraging to see how you developed your style through non-stop trying. And I know we should all strive the same way. Your pictures told so much.

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