On Centre – A twelve week residential course based on throwing, clay bodies, glazes and firing
This course is aimed at committed people who wish to develop in-depth skills for a professional approach to clay.
It is intended to gap a more and more noticeable lack in the institutional offer for qualified development in the field of functional ceramics.
The programme will cover fundamental and advanced throwing and trimming skills, material and firing technology and visual awareness. Students will stay and study in the supportive environment of La Meridiana for twelve weeks and receive daily tuition form a foremost ceramicists of broad experience
John Colbeck and assistant teacher Franco Rampi.
John Colbeck has taught full and part time at Ceramics degree courses in the UK throughout his working life and was for many years Head of Ceramics at Bath Academy of Art and, in addition, has taught many short courses and given lectures and seminars in the UK and abroad.
He is author of "Pottery, the Technique of Throwing" (1969), "Pottery, Techniques of Decoration" (1983) (both of these still available as Classic reprints from Axner Supplies USA) and "Pottery Materials" (1988).
He produces unglazed, polished thrown forms in stoneware and porcelain.
Franco Rampi was born in Domodossola. He started working as a potter in 1981. After an apprenticeship in England and a cycle of studies in Italy he opened his own studio in Tuscany.
He produces both functional objects in small series and one off pieces. He works mainly in stoneware, whilst continuing his research on clays, slips and forms.
For ten years he has been teaching collaborating with La Meridiana, mainly assisting John Colbeck in throwing courses.www.francorampi.it