Mariko Paterson, of Halifax's Forage Studios (www.foragestudios.com) has opened up her virtual toolbox to share some of her ceramic techy ways. The series of 4 short videos give a quick tutorial on her modified mishima technique (PS a tip of the hat to Molly Hatch for inspiring her). A brief description of the processes can be found as captions for each Instagram Post, but her viewing audience has helped flesh things out with their subsequent line of considerate questions. How she transfers image on to clay, the tools she uses and the “wipe on, wipe off” technique involved in her staining techniques are questions she is often fielded and is happy to answer. “Sharing is caring,” she replied to a Facebook post that otherwise cautioned her to guard her secrets for she, herself, is really just adapting a time honoured ceramic technique. That said, she completely understands that many ceramic artists have honed their craft for years and years and might not be so willing to oblige. To Mariko, she is sharing the very basics, but when she started off on this process s took her about a year and a half to “perfect.” And she says, “practice makes perfect, but style is earned!” So pull up her Instagram feed (@foragestudios), and get stylin’!
The video clips can be found near the top of Mariko Paterson's most current Instagram Feed (@foragestudios) and under the "Bits" section of her www.foragestudios website. Just click on the Star Techy link under that heading.