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Instructors 2013

Brenda McMahon
Carol-Ann Michaelson
Donna Polseno
Ellen Shankin
Jan Edwards
Jayson Lawfer
John Colbeck
Ken Shipey
Laura Dufresne
Lisa Ehrich
Liz Quackenbush
Lori Acott
Luca Tripaldi
Mark Hewitt
Orietta Mengucci
Paula Smith
Pietro Maddalena
Richard Phethean
Susan Nemeth
Tom Radca


13 Just Making better Pots in Tuscany
Richard Phethean - www.phethean.clara.net
March 30rd - April 6th, 2013

Throwing. For all

The workshop will begin with a busy session producing work suitable for practicing
slip-decoration techniques: simple, classical thrown forms - cups, jugs, vases, bowls etc. - with clean lines and smooth surface.
Novices will receive plenty of practical help with the basic techniques of throwing and more experienced throwers will be encouraged to try increasing the scale and scope of their work by making altered and composite forms.
We will primarily be using a red clay body. Students will experiment with all the tools and techniques of the medium - slip-trailing, sgrafitto, combing, resist, brush, print etc. and how to combine techniques for richer surface effects. Richard will give slide lectures on the development of his own work, and on the current European slipware scene to illustrate the diversity of personal styles and the versatility of this colourful and spontaneous medium, from its roots as a folk art, to its painterly and experimental practice today.

Cost: € 990
The workshop fee includes:

  • tuition (class is 6/7 hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
  • materials and firings
  • lodging in double room; single room on request at extra cost of € 140
  • welcome dinner, farwell dinner, Easter lunch
  • a freshly prepared Tuscan lunch with wine on the working days
  • a side trip to S. Gimignano
Ask for a detailed programme at info@lameridiana.fi.it

Richard Phethean is a ceramics graduate of the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, and further trained in the studios of tutors Colin Pearson and Janice Tchalenko, Richard is an established professional potter whose work has been exhibited throughout the UK and can be found in collections internationally. He is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association, and is on the Crafts Council of Great Britain's Index of Selected Makers. After an early interest and exploration on English slipware and graffito techniques, preoccupied with achieving greater depth and texture in the surface he began to evolve a more personal style were brushing layers of colours and slips on the terra cotta. Since a few years he has taken a new direction altogether, taking a long term break from domestic pottery production in order to follow a much more sculptural path with his work.
His new throwing book has been published fo
A & C Black in the UK: and for The American Ceramics Society in the USA and received enthusiastically by critics and the public.

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