Group Events

Team Building

A fun and creative way to celebrate with your friends and work mates. A great experience with a beautiful, functional reminder of the event.

  • Fun projects for any occasion.
  • From one hour to full day workshops.
  • From small groups in our studio to larger groups at a location of your choice.
  • When you need to inspire people, thank someone, celebrate or explore a group's creativity, we will help you achieve your vision.
Welcome to The Pottery: Team Building

The Event (an example)

Participants will each produce and decorate a clay canoe, paddle and platter. The pieces will be created by rolling cutting, shaping and draping clay. When the pieces are formed, the participants can decorate them using coloured paints. When completed, their canoe sets can be used for salsa, dips, guacamole etc. They are microwave, dishwasher, freezer and oven safe.

After The Event

After the participants have completed their work I will apply a clear glaze and fire (heat) them. By using a clear glaze the decorative work of the creators of the pieces will show through. I want as much of the work to be the inspiration of the creators. Should participants choose, they may specify that a coloured glaze be applied to their pieces. In this way all creative and comfort levels are catered to. I will then deliver the finished pieces to your organization within three weeks (locations within Metro Toronto).

Cost:

The costing of this workshop is not based on a per person basis as certain costs are fixed. It assumes a two hour workshop.

  • 31-35 participants will cost $770.00 + HST
  • 26-30 participants will cost $710.00 + HST
  • 21-25 participants will cost $650.00 + HST
  • 16-20 participants will cost $590.00 + HST
  • 10-15 participants will cost $510.00 + HST
  • 5-9 participants will cost $430.00 + HST

Some comments on our Team Building programme...

"I had a really great time. Well run. Well done!

"What a great thing for a product launch. I'd never have expected it. Thanks Paul"

"This was wonderful. I'd recommend it to anyone"

Welcome to The Pottery: Social Service Agencies

Social Service Agencies

Community Arts Workshops

Paul Stewart can lead a workshop in your organization that will involve,inspire and excite all of the participants. This works for any group; a health care setting, a corporate office, a shelter, a small business, a product launch. You name it.

The idea is that the participants decide what the project will look like.

They decide the theme, they decide the product. I simply supply the materials, the expertise and the encouragement.

The only usual non negotiable is the need to produce with clay. Usually the goal is for the participants to work together to produce a permanent instillation of their devising. This could be a clay quilt, a collection of masks, a multiple part sculpture or any other conceivable outcome.

Please see below for one possible workshop concept. Please contact us as anything is possible.

Mask Making - Self Exploration Workshop

Goal: To help participants explore an event, personal challenge and/or strength through the creation of a clay representative mask. The focus of this workshop is much more than the creation of an artistic mask. It is to encourage participants to courageously and openly explore something about themselves. It can be a celebration of success and strength and/or an exploration of a life challenge. "Central to group art is the healing capacity of the artistic process, the release of unconscious material which, when consciously assimilated, can lead to the release of creative potential for the individual…The physical nature of making can contribute to a release and relief of tension. Group members also react physically to the art objects of other members. It is an extraordinarily powerful moment..."(C.Case and T. Dalley 2006)

The Workshops

The workshop can be a one time event, or be expanded into a multi faceted series of workshops and meetings designed to fully engage the participants and explore the chosen themes. The workshop can be tailored to your needs.

The Basic Workshop

The most basic workshop involves a brief discussion with participants of the themes being explored. This would be followed by a discussion of technical considerations in mask making, followed by participant concept sketches.

Participants would then be encouraged to share the concepts represented in their mask sketches in an effort to refine their ideas.

A mask making demonstration would follow.

At this point the participants would produce their masks. When completed, the masks would be brought to my studio to be fired (heated) before being returned to the host organization within three weeks.

The basic workshop lasts four hours.

Please note that any workshop involving themes that may require trained support will require staff from the funding organization present at all times. This may require art therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists or others.

Expanded Workshop

In order to expand the depth of understanding and increase the scope of artistic exploration, additional time can be spent developing the chosen concepts guiding the mask making. This can include:

  • A writing exercise outlining each participants reasoning behind their mask, ie what it portrays and why.
  • A response sheet for each mask containing the reactions and thoughts of the other participants to each of the masks and their writings.
  • A photo record of the masks, the participants and the process.
  • A Journal containing A photo of each participant and their mask, their preliminary sketch and/or their explanatory writing.
  • A culminating party / exhibition with handmade invitations.

The Cost:

The basic four hour workshop costs $500.00 plus HST and $4.50 per participant materials fee. This fee includes preparation, on site workshop delivery and post workshop studio time. Please contact me for the costs associated with additional workshop elements.