On Centre 2024 – Final show

Introduction by Sandy Lockwood
Instructor of the course

I am pleased to write this introduction to the online exhibition for the 2024 ON Centre course at La Meridiana Italy.

Teaching this course was a wonderful experience. It was a rewarding pleasure meeting with such a diverse group of people and watching their work develop.
The work you see here represents a selection of what the participants produced during the course. An integral part of the course was the use of a variety of clays, slips, glazes and firing techniques in an environment that encouraged experimentation and new ideas. The work here shows a wonderful range of approaches and techniques that students have used to produce a remarkable body of work. This exhibition also recognizes the dedication and effort students have shown during this course.

Each person bought with them to the course their life experience and ceramic background, and worked remarkably hard to develop their own ceramic ‘voice’.

I hope for each of them, that this course formed the beginning of the next phase of development in their ceramic practice.
The hard work and long hours that the participants put in was supported by the generous and knowledgeable staff at La Meridiana. Glaze teacher Eve Carrobourg expertly made the complex nature of glaze readily accessible in an encouraging way to all participants.

Additionally, I would like to acknowledge the valuable support offered by my course assistant Gaby Novoa and studio manager Giulia Bagni. I hope you enjoy viewing these works as much as I enjoyed my part in bringing them into existence.

Dr Sandra Lockwood

Balmoral, Australia

Sandy Lockwood. AUS

Small Round Jar
Oribe glaze –
Wood Fired in 1st chamber of Bagnano express
Height 13 cm

Sandy Lockwood. AUS

Small cup
Stoneware
Oribe glaze
Wood Fired in 1st chamber of Bagnano express
Height 6 cm

Sandy Lockwood. AUS

Round Jar 
Stoneware slip with coarse silica
‘white salt’ glaze inside
Wood Fired in 1st chamber of Bagnano express
Height 24 cm

Elisa Boesgaard. Italy

Stoneware
Bare clay with black slip brush strokes
Woodfired

 

 

Elisa Boesgaard. Italy

Stoneware
Bare clay 
Woodfired

Elisa Boesgaard. Italy

Stoneware
Bare clay and madame shino glaze
Woodfired

Paola Balint. UK

Tea Set
Stoneware. Reduction fired

 

Paola Balint.UK

Detail of double glazed plate

Stoneware. Reduction glazes

 

 

Paola Balint. UK

Bottle

Stoneware. Reduction gas fired

 

 

Miia Mäkelä. Finnland

Stoneware with grogg
Unglazed
Oxidation Firing

Miia Mäkelä. Finnland

Stoneware
Satin white glaze
Oxidation Firing

Miia Mäkelä. Finnland

Stoneware
Satin white glaze
Oxidation Firing

Anja Slepyan. USA

Place Settings–Santa Fe
Stoneware
Madame shino and chun glaze. 

Anja Slepyan. USA

The Madame
Wood-fired stoneware
Madame shino glaze. 

Anja Slepyan. USA

Untitled
Wood-fired stoneware
unglazed

Renée Weiler. Lussenburgo

Vase
Stoneware. Glazed and Reduction fired

 

Renée Weiler. Lussenburgo

Vase

Stoneware. Slio, Reduction glaze

 

 

Renée Weiler. Lussenburgo

Vase

Stoneware. Slip developped during On Centre