Mariko Paterson –

SHAKE & BAKE: Handbuilding Meets Surface Design

Monday to Friday, June 29 to July 3

Come spend a week making some hand-built wonders with Mariko
Paterson. You’ll explore both functional wares and sculptural wares.
Why, you might even merge the two if you so choose! Mid-week we’ll flip
to a focus on surface design using a plethora of techniques and
possibilities. Cone 6 will be our target temperature and Mariko’s got
just the right combo of underglazes, glazes, decals and china paints to
make your pieces sing. A sense of humour and willingness to tip toe to
the edge of ceramic sanity will be most welcome. 

Don Ellis


Don Ellis will lead five intensive days of alternative firing sessions
where participants learn to take their pots to the next level. Over 34
years of firing experience have enabled Don to achieve a magic touch
with raku that is beyond the ordinary. Don will demonstrate a variety of
surface decorations and will share firing and post-firing techniques
for getting spectacular results. Students will enjoy a fiery week of
demonstrations, glazing, and of course … firing! The focus of the
sessions will be on copper mats, post-firing fuming and more. 

Sandra Dolph


This workshop is devoted to exploring slabs as 2-dimensional wall pieces
as well as 3-dimensional pots. Participants will take lunch to the
beach and walk in the forest to find nature-based decorative elements,
and then bring them back to the studio to explore how they can be
incorporated into organically made 3D slab pots. As well, students will
investigate how to design and execute 2D land/seascape wall tiles, using
those found natural elements from the beach and forest, integrating
them into colorful, textural wall pieces. All recipes used will be made

For a full list of workshops that MISSA offers please visit:

In 1984 a group of dedicated artists formed and incorporated the
Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA). That year,
five two-week courses were offered. Over the years we have expanded our
course selection. The school has developed an excellent reputation for
bringing in acclaimed practicing artists and our workshops have expanded
from five courses and 53 participants the first summer to over 40
workshops with more than 400 students each year from around North
America and as far away as Israel, Brazil and Mexico.