Marney McDiarmid

Pictures & Pattern

Creating dynamic surfaces using images on clay

Pattern and imagery surround us. Now there are numerous easy low-tech methods for transferring your photographs and drawings onto pots. Join Marney McDiarmid in a day long exploration of transferring image and pattern onto clay. Participants will learn how to put their own designs on pots by drawing through wax in multiple layers, using a carbon paper transfer technique, and a photocopy technique. We will experiment with these methods on tiles and some simple forms. Marney will also demonstrate how to use underglazes like watercolors to decorate these pieces once they have been bisqued. Participants will develop their own grid patterns using an easy website and experiment with transferring these patterns onto pots to add depth and visual interest to their surfaces. The day will end with a demonstration of how to source and apply decals for decoration through a third firing.


Most materials included. Participants will need:  an exacto knife (available at Staples) , one or two green ware cylinders, 4 green ware tiles (min 4”x4”), black, red, yellow and blue underglaze & Tucker’s pottery wax. Participants are also asked to bring some photographs that they would like to transfer onto pots and some drawings or found patterns printed onto regular copy paper. Some imagery will also be provided by the instructor.


Artist Bio: Marney McDiarmid is a self-taught ceramic artist with an MA in Oral History and five years of a PhD in Cultural Studies. Since the mid 1990s she has been creating lushly decorated handbuilt pieces out of porcelain, renowned for their grace and whimsy. Marney’s work has appeared in the Lark series “Prints on Clay” and in the National Post. In 2017 she was awarded “Best in Show” at the FUSION Clay and Glass exhibit in Toronto, ON. She maintains an active studio practice at her home in Kingston, ON and enjoys teaching at guilds, colleges, and for private workshops. In addition to her ceramic practice, Marney is actively engaged in social justice issues and is also a founding member of the Kingston Stilting Troupe. You can find her work at a variety of shops and galleries in Ontario, at, and at


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