Mug Night 19+ Event – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Mug Night 19+ Event

Mug Night, 19+ Event
Date: December 15, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Instructor: John Niznansky
Fee: $60 per class (tax included)

John Niznansky is, for the most part, a self-taught potter who has been greatly influenced by several old-time potters including Robbin Hopper, Karen Karnes, Phil Rodgers, Warren Mackenzie, and Richard Batterham. Having previously worked with stained and warm glass, and working as a finishing carpenter on Vancouver Island, he was searching to make a change and work with a more fluid and malleable media like clay.He acquired his first pottery wheel and kiln in 2004 and started as a hobby potter. He studied various pottery styles and after having moved to Southern Ontario, progressed to making and selling his work at a local market.

He now resides in Sydney and has built a studio to continue with making and selling functional wares locally in Cape Breton. He has a keen interest in using local clay for production of pots and for making glaze materials. His inspiration comes from the influence that nature, and the local environment has on his work.

Where Should I go?
Use the rear entrance and proceed to the multi-purpose room (same level)

This is a fun and easy two-hour class of guided instructions to help create your very own mug. It is beginner level with no previous experience required. All pieces will be dishwasher and microwave safe. The workshop fee includes all materials, clay, glazes and firing, tools and equipment. Most work will be ready for pick up two weeks later. We’ll dry and fire your artwork in our kiln for you to take home approximately 14 days later and we will send you an email as soon as your mug has been fired and is ready to drink in!

Kiln clay explosions are unlikely but they do happen. In the event of your art being damaged due to a kiln explosion, we are happy to provide emotional support and offer you a chance to come in and remake your clay art piece. Students are reminded to sign their work.  Otherwise, we cannot promise your work won’t be mixed up with someone else’s.

When Should I Arrive?
Arrive 15 minutes early to get settled and grab your wine before you experience begins. Please enter by the rear entrance located on the Esplanade and proceed to the multi-purpose room (same level)

What Should I Wear?
We recommend wearing comfortable, casual clothes that you do not mind getting clay on. We will provide an apron!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Yes, this a 19+ event. You may be required to present your ID, so please bring it with you.

Can I purchase Wine?
Yes, you can pre-purchase a bottle ($20) of wine in advance through Eventbrite when you buy your ticket. We suggest you, your friends, or tablemates purchase a bottle for the table, with sharing in mind.

What if I don’t open the Wine?
If a participate purchases a bottle of wine, and they do not finish it, they are not allowed to take the left overs home. If a participate purchases a bottle of wine and they do not open it, they are not allowed to take the wine home. However, they can be reimbursed for the unopened wine.

What are my transport/parking options getting to and from the event?  Please remember alcohol will be served at this event, so you may want to leave your vehicle at home and take a taxi.

What are the numbers for a Taxi Service in Sydney?
Dynasty Cabs: 902-562-5777
City Wide: 902-564-5432

For more information on this program or to register, email