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Instructors 2018

Adrian Arleo
Antoinette Badenhurst
Curtis Benzle
John Colbeck
Maria Geszler- Garzuly
Kate & Will Jacobson
Susan Nemeth
Richard Phethean
Franco Rampi
Ellen Shankin
Ken Shipley
John Shirley
Luca Tripaldi
Sharon Warrington
Lucia Zucconi


15 Understanding Porcelain
Understand the peculiar qualities of porcelain in order to throw, alter and hand build successfully beyond the wheel.
Antoinette Badenhorst www.porcelainbyantoinette.com
April 8th – 21st  2018
Throwing and decoration. Intermediate and advanced

The objective of this porcelain workshop for students is to get and understanding of the medium porcelain. It has different requirements than other clay bodies and when understanding these, it will become easier to use it and to create incredibly fine and intricate objects with it. The answer to solve problems with porcelain lies in its history and character. Other than porcelain that was naturally found in ancient China, Western porcelain is manmade. With it came characteristics that need specific understanding in order to be successful as a porcelain artist.
During the workshop we will work simultaneously on 3- 5 objects; a combination of hand building and wheel throwing techniques. In that way students will learn to control the drying phases of the porcelain. They will also learn to work with porcelain beyond the wheel, because Antoinette will show and use all possible techniques during the altering process. 
Students will be allowed to practice on more pieces on the wheel or by hand building, but Antoinette will control the quality to make sure that just the best five pieces get fired. 
She would like to encourage students to bring samples or images of their work so that she can understand their needs from the beginning.
This class is suitable for intermediate to advanced students.

The total cost of the course is of 2300 euros
The workshop fee includes the following
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day
Studio open 12 hours per day
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 300 euros
Welcome dinner and farwell dinner; welcome breakfast
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days
Final dinner

La MeridianaAntoinette Badenhorst is a professional ceramic artist from South Africa with a strong calling for teaching. In the more than 30 years of her career she has taught to students of all levels in many continents. In her work she is focussing mostly on porcelain and has launched successfully an  e-course on understanding porcelain. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and her accomplishments in the field of ceramics and of teaching have been honoured in articles and publications of international magazines. When not travelling for teaching she lives and works in the USA with her husband.

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