Bowl-O-Rama Ceramics Workshop

Bowl O Rama is a weeklong workshop that focuses on ceramic skills through the making of bowls. Students will be led through a series of exercises intended to develop throwing and hand-building techniques to encourage the emergence of a personal style. Ongoing discussions on material choices such as clay and glaze pallet development are interwoven into daily demonstrations. Participants are welcome at any level; basic throwing skills and a cheerful disposition are beneficial. This workshop is also in service of “Ramp It Up”, our School’s biannual fundraiser for Lunenburg’s Second Story Women’s Centre.


Students should bring:

  • Apron
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Snack
  • Sketch book
  • Pencils

About Doug Bamford and Marla Benton:

About Doug Bamford

Douglas Bamford lives in “Old Town”, Lunenburg, N.S., busy with a vibrant studio practice, a passion for gardening, and being on the water.  Douglas holds a diploma from Sheridan School of Design, 1975, where he majored in both furniture design and ceramics, and a BFA in Ceramics and a B.ED (Art Education) from NSCAD University in 1995. Douglas has a rich background as a ceramic artist, a builder, furniture and fixture designer, educator and public artist. He recently completed a major Architectural Ceramic commission, a public installation entitled; “ Making Steel” in Sydney, Cape Breton.  His stated inspiration: “As an artist and designer I have a love of useful and beautiful objects. My art is an investigation of the history of ornamental language, using such timeless icons as architectural ornament and ceramic tile pattern. I am currently working with what I see around my town, the Town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

About Marla Benton

Marla is a clay artist. She earned her education through the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Ontario College of Art and Design (BFA) and Nipissing University (B.Ed.). As an artist and teacher, she worked in the Yukon, northern Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Through all her experiences, Marla has worked in many different materials. She found that clay was a perfect fit for her as it enables her to be practical and fanciful at the same time.

From growing up in a small rural town, to traveling to 39 different countries, to living in a pickup truck and then on a motorcycle for 6 months, Marla has lived and adventured while gathering experiences and memories that she draws from while creating her work. Settled on the South Shore of Nova Scotia for the last 10 years, she has been able to share her art and stories and find inspiration all along the way.

To see some of her work, please check out her website and Instagram page: