apprenticeship opportunity with Marcelina Salazar


… a bit about me: 

came to ceramics as a second career. Having basically just graduated
from a bachelor degree that I had no interest in pursuing any further, I
was very hesitant to enroll in an academic ceramics program. So I
looked for training in practice, and was disappointed to find so little
in this regard in Canada.

So, I did go to school. First Fleming College, and then Sheridan. But I
also had the fortune of working for other potters (Thomas Aitken,
Gleason Brook Pottery). Without dismissing my ceramic college
experience, I think I learned just as much (if not more) by working at a
real pottery studio. 

that my studio has been in operation for a few years, it is time for me
to think about growing a little , but also about giving back. I am
hoping that this apprenticeship experience will offer what I was looking
for when I was first getting started: an opportunity to see the real
workings of a functioning studio, that would provide a safe and
nourishing environment in which to continue learning. 

In exchange for 32 hours a week of labour (May/August), I offer facilities, materials, room & board, and a stipend. 

The apprentice
does not do any throwing for me. The idea behind the 32 hour week, is
that there is enough time left to make their own work, and hone their
making skills (whatever they may be) while focusing on developing and
clarifying their own voice.

I work in porcelain and fire a bourry box wood kiln regularly. This
means that a large portion of the studio tasks centre around wood prep
and kiln maintenance, and of course firing. Other studio tasks would
include preparing work for glaze firing (bisque firing, glazing,
wadding), mixing glazes, clay preparation, gallery up-keep, basic book
keeping, inventory tracking, social media management, etc.

The successful
applicant will be responsible, hardworking, fired up and hungry to learn
(with me) about wood firing, and running a small studio. They should
also be able and willing to do physically demanding work, and (learn how
to) use power tools.

Surface: exhibition @ Harbourfront

Marcelina Salazar. Serving Bowl, 2013. Cone 10 porcelain, wood fired, soda glazed. Photo: Becky Comber

Carl & Rose, Tony Clennell, Brad Copping, Susie Osler, Marcelina Salazar, Krystal Speck, Jenna Stanton, Rachael Wong

Curated by Melanie Egan

June 22 – September 15, 2013

Terrain is used as a general term in physical geography, often
referring to the visible layer of land. We often think of terrain as
broad and expansive, however, the subtle surface changes on an object
translate into a micro-topography and a feast for the eyes. Terrain can
be the main event – inspiring, remarkable and evocative – as well as an
invitation to discover what lies beneath.

– Melanie Egan
Head, Craft, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W. Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada

235 Queens Quay W.
Toronto, ON
M5J 2G8, Canada

a site to see friday: Marcelina Salazar and her Bourry-Box Blog



not only creates beautiful pottery but she also is documenting her
process in kiln building to share with others interested in building.

From her website:
“Marcelina grew up in Colombia and moved to Canada in 1999 to go to university. In school, she developed a keen interest in food issues. At the same time, her passion for clay was taking shape. Pottery
seemed to bring her interest in food and food issues to the table.

So, after finishing a degree in science at Trent University, she decided to pursue pottery more seriously. In 2007 she completed a Ceramic Certificate at The Haliburton School
of the Arts, and then she studied some more ceramics at Sheridan

Now she works as a full-time studio potter in her timber frame studio, on her farm in rural Ontario.

She also tries to spend free time with her husband, organic farmer Jason Hayes, and her beautiful dog, Kanuk.”

Bourry-Box Blog @

have recently finished building a bourry-box kiln in rural Central
Ontario. This is an account of that process, hoping to reciprocate some
of the help and encouragement I’ve received from the ceramics community
all along.”