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Instructors 2016

Curtis Benzle
Rick Berman
Sunshine Cobb
John Colbeck
Lisa Ehrich
Carolyn Genders
Maria Geszler-Garzuly
Andreas Hinder
Kate & Will Jacobson
Sandy Lockwood
Pietro Maddalena
Ute Naue-Müller
Susan Nemeth
Donna Polseno
Heike Rabe
Ellen Shankin
Luca Tripaldi
Sharon Warrington
Lucia Zucconi


37 Clay, Gnocchi & More
Learn how to make and use flameware. With Italian cuisine!
Pietro Maddalena & Lucia Zucconi www.pietro.net
September 4th – 17th 2016

Throwing, handbuilding, cooking. For all

Clay has excellent properties for cooking. It is an insulator, creating an even and delicate cooking environment, maintaining flavour more than most other methods. In this two week workshop we will learn how to make pots for cooking. We will use a specially designed stoneware clay with the ability to withstand the temperature fluctuations of cooking over direct heat on the stovetop as well as the use in ovens. 
We will produce various shapes: casseroles, saucepans, square and oval dishes, ovenware, baking and grilling pans and ramekins. For each shape, we will discuss the esthetical, functional and practical aspects, so to make a pot that reflects our needs in size, shape, weight and purpose. Related details like handles, knobs, lugs and lids will also be considered.
Our chef Lucia will explain how the size and proportion of a pan will influence the mode of preparation and the final flavour and texture of a dish. In order to learn how to use best the pans we make, there will be five cooking lessons, especially designed for the use of flameware pots. The first week will mostly be dedicated to the making, interspersed with cooking lessons, during the second week we will glaze and fire, with more time to dedicate to further cooking lessons, gourmet tastings and field trips.
This workshop is suitable for food lovers and ceramicists alike. Clay novices will be taught handbuilding methods, the more advanced may choose to produce their pans on the wheel.

Please contact us for a detailed day by day program of demonstrations and cooking lessons

The total cost of the course is 2300 Euro; Single price supplement: 280 Euros.

The workshop fee includes the following
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 280 €
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days
5 cooking lessons, specifically designed for flameware
Gourmet tasting
Field trips

La MeridianaPietro 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”.

La MeridianaLucia Zucconi, after a career as software designer has been a chef for the past 20 years. She is member of the slow food movement and enjoys teaching, using fresh ingredients and seasonal food. She is also a passionate wheel thrower.
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