Ceramics & Letterpress Art Retreat - February 2020

UPDATE: due to unforeseen circumstances this retreat has been postponed. If you'd like to be notified of the new dates please send an email to nicole@westcoastnest.org


February 23 - 25, 2020


West Coast NEST


Carly Butler


Karla Strickland


500 Matterson Drive


Join artists Carly Butler and Karla Strickland for a retreat on the West Coast of Vancouver lsland and use walking, ceramics, writing, navigation, and letterpress to explore alternative ways of artistically capturing a place and experience.

We will be collecting objects and inspiration on a series of walks – both guided and independent – and then creating ceramic tiles and printing letterpress works based on our experiences. Using found objects, maps, texts, pedometer apps, navigation and weather information, each participant will create 4-6 tiles and 2 printed letterpress works on paper.

This workshop offers a creative space to explore new ways of thinking about how walking, thinking, and art making can be connected.


Sunday, February 23rd
6:00 – 8:00pm          Welcome dinner & workshop introductions at Heartwood Kitchen

Monday, February 24th
9:00 – 11:00am        Morning walk* around the town of Ucluelet (approx. 2km) Including a coffee break at Zoe’s Bakery

11:00am – 1:00pm   Free time and your own lunch plans

1:00 – 2:00pm          Introduction to letterpress

2:00 – 3:00pm          Introduction to ceramics and tile making

3:00 – 5:00pm          Studio time

Evening                    Free time for walking and your own dinner plans

Tuesday, February 25th

9:00 – 10:30am        Morning walk* on the Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop (approx. 3 km)

11:00am – 4:00pm   Guided studio time with a break for your own lunch plans

5:00pm                    Retreat close and review of artworks

*Please note - walks will not be cancelled due to weather, so please come prepared with appropriate clothing for significant rainfall.

Thank you to Cook Kettle Press for the use of their press!



Carly Butler
Carly is an interdisciplinary artist in Ucluelet whose practice involves walking, letterpress and navigation. She has an MA in Art History and studied fine art at Central Saint Martins in London, and NSCAD in Halifax. She is currently learning celestial navigation and working on a virtual walking project from Ucluelet to the UK. Find more of her work at carlybutler.com and on Instagram @carlybutlerart

Karla Strickland

Karla is a ceramic artist in Ucluelet and owner of Kay Ceramics: www.kayceramics.com She teaches ceramics privately and through the Ucluelet Community Centre. Karla is also currently completing a double major in Psychology and Philosophy at Vancouver Island University. Find more of her work on Instagram @kayceramicdesign

Discounted accommodation available at The Cabins. Midweek special for Lodge accommodation only $99.


There are no prerequisites. The walking routes and studio are wheelchair accessible and participants with mobility issues are welcomed. The workshop is not intended to be a challenging walking adventure, but instead a way to re-think how we experience new places and learn about their histories.

Course fee:


How to register:

Follow the link below to register beginning December 13, 2019. Tickets are limited and on sale until January 31, 2020.