Meditation and Clay Greenman Workshop



Monday, July 6, 2020

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM


Class is limited to 5

No experience necessary

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Workshop Description

The Green Man is any kind of carving which shows a head or face surrounded by leaves. It is believed to have been intended as a symbol of growth and rebirth, the eternal seasonal cycle of the coming of spring and the life of Man. Its origins can be dated back as far as 420 BCE. In the 19th century it again became popular with architects during the Gothic revival and the Arts and Crafts era, when it appeared as a decorative motif in and on many buildings, both religious and secular.


The day will begin with a nice cup of hot yoga tea followed by a quided meditation to relax your mind/body to inspire your creative juices to flow into a clay project of creating your own personal “Green Man”, a terracotta clay leafy man. You will learn techniques of handbuilding cobnstruction with clay using templates from man made to natural objects and also how to create a sculptural face. There will be a mindful nature walk, to collect your leaves for your Green Man. 

We’ll break for lunch which I will create a vegetarian soup to share. You’re welcome to bring other foods to share if you like.  The work will take about 1 week to dry before firing in an electric kiln. You’ll be contacted when they are ready for pick up.

Students will need to bring the following.  Please wear comfortable shoes. Dress for the weather of the day, layering is best as we will be outside for some part of it. Also Dover sometimes is foggy.  Bring an apron. And your enthusiasm.


Mary Jane Lundy has been a full time studio ceramic artist since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2003 with a BFA major in Ceramics. She also has her 200hr certificate in HathaYoga. Her home is in East Dover, Nova Scotia only 12 minutes from Peggy’s Cove. She is a clay sculptor/artist who works in slab building construction using the local clay called Nova Scotia Lantz red earthenware. Her use of layering bright color glazes on the clay surfaces creates depth and texture. She is inspired by the sea life found in the Maritime waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the birds and animals and plant life that inhabits its shorelines.