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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


41 The Yin & Yang Of Clay:
From Large & Loose to Polished & Poetic

Tom Radca and Brenda McMahon
www.tomradca.com - www.brendamcmahon.com
October 6th - 19th, 2013

Throwing. For all

Tom Radca and Brenda McMahon are bringing their popular American workshop to Italy where they break open unconventional throwing techniques and explore distinctive approaches to saggar firing in this dynamic workshop.

During this 2 weeks, participants will delve into throwing large techniques with Tom Radca that allow potters at any skill level to move beyond their own expectations. Tom's unconventional approach will break open old ideas and introduce participants to new clay concepts, including hand building Tom's signature 'cave plates'. Students will begin to master large forms and loosen up in the process.

Brenda McMahon throws elegant, simple forms and will teach her surface preparation and technique for the eventual saggar firings. Burnishing, terra sigillata and carving will also be covered. Brenda will introduce her signature saggar firing process using tumble stack, individual and pod saggars. Her approach is rooted in the pit-fire idiom where she uses organic materials as her palette, so growth from the Tuscan landscape will be incorporated into each firing. Together Tom & Brenda explore the continuum of beauty, form and surface.

Participants will come out of the workshop with inspiration that will ignite their creative juices for years to come. All skill levels are welcome.

Cost: € 2000
The workshop fee includes:

  • tuition (class is 6/7 hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
  • materials and firings
  • lodging in double room with cooking facilities; single room on request at extra cost of € 250
  • welcome dinner
  • welcome breakfast
  • a freshly prepared Tuscan lunch with wine on the working days
  • a side programme with excursions and gourmet tastings.
Ask for a detailed programme at info@lameridiana.fi.it

La MeridianaTom Radca's ceramic designs have been treasured internationally for their marvelous depth of color and lustrous highlights. Tom works large and likes to challenge the conventional wisdom of beauty. His 36" in diameter plates & 5' tall vessels become an exceptional canvas for his dynamic brushwork and firing. Tom's travels to Thailand & Africa are a strong influence in his work.

Brenda McMahon's award-winning saggar fired vessels have captured the hearts of ceramic collectors for over a decade. Her unique take on the saggar fire process, along with her elegant burnished forms, make her work outstanding.

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