La Meridiana’s “Bagnano Express”
on an ideal journey
Pietro Maddalena & David Trueb- www.pietro.net
October 7th – 12th 2017
Wood firing. Intermediate/advanced
La Meridiana’s Bagnano Express is a two chamber Noborigama crossdraft kiln with cascade type bourry box. Potters are invited to embark on a five-day journey for a shared firing experience to stoneware temperature.
Each step in the preparation and the firing will be discussed and organized so that all participants will have a clear understanding of the process, gain first hand firing experience and acquire elements to understand the final results.
You will be asked to bring a certain number of bisq fired pieces, as each participant will have a determined volume of space in the kiln available for her/his pots. There will be a presentation of the kiln, how it is built, how it behaves in the firing and which results you may obtain. The firing leaders will give expert advice about the various options for glazing the pots and explain how the exposure to the flames and the ashes will influence the results. The firing will be in reducing atmosphere and to the second chamber will be added soda for a rich variety of surface effects.
We will organize the firing in several shifts. During the day of cooling there will be time for interesting excursions in the surrounding area. We will celebrate the firing and our good comradery with common meals, barbeques and plenty of good wine.
The number of participants is limited to 8.
October 7th : Arrival by 12.00 am (those who come from afar may arrive a day before) Start Preparation in the afternoon
October 8th : Glazing and Loading
October 9th : Firing
October 10th : Cooling, Excursion
October 11th : Unloading, Departure at 4 pm (those who come from afar may stay one more night)
Cost: € 980
The workshop fee includes:
5 overnight in double room with shared kitchen
8 freshly prepared meals
2 big breakfast
Additional overnight at €25
Single room supplement €150
Pietro Elia Maddalena studied ceramics at the West Surrey College of Art & Design in England. After two more years of work at Dartington Workshop, he returned to Italy where in 1980 he established a studio in Certaldo, near Florence. Pietro is the founder and director of the International School of Ceramics LA MERIDIANA located in Tuscany, Italy. Also instructor and maker he says of himself : “ I am totally and continuously interested in the process of making. I see the craft object as a projection of the human spirit and the culture in which it was nurtured. In elaborating concept, material and process, my ultimate goal is the expression of beauty through sophisticated and sensual forms”.
Since his apprenticeship as a confectioner in Basel 1982, David Trueb has been interested in ceramics. There is an affinity in the technical knowledge involved in confectionary and ceramics: both are concerned with recipes, materials, glazes, handicraft and technical skill. David set up his first studio in the basement of his parents’ house, where he began working and experimenting in various ways with throwing, mixing clay bodies, glazing, firing, and the thickness of the objects. Repeatedly he encounters challenges which he approaches with passion, patience and imagination. He continues to gain expertise, supported by completion of the intensive ON CENTRE course at La Meridiana and through ongoing collaboration with John Colbeck and Pietro Maddalena. In recent years, David has specialized in woodfiring at high temperature ranges. He is inspired by simple forms from different cultural areas. At present his studio is in Switzerland, though it will soon to be transferred to a newly built studio in Portugal.