13A-2025 – Sara Dario – Silkscreen print on Porcelain

March 23 – 29 2025

Printed images on form

Handbuilding and printing. Some experience required

Two oak trees on porcelain tiles. Silkscreen print by Sara Dario. Serigrafia su mattonelle di porcellana

Introduction

Silkscreen Print on Porcelain is a five-day course in which you will learn the basics of Photo-Serigraphy and its application on porcelain. Through silkscreen print, photographic images are transferred onto porcelain slabs, which are then transformed into tiles and a variety of other functional and decorative objects. This technique opens new perspectives for both art forms: exalting the photographs as they are molded to the third dimension of the porcelain bodies, and embellishing the porcelain objects via application of the silkscreen prints.

Tecniques of silkscreen print

The course will start with instruction on the method and criteria for choosing suitable photographic images. Participants will be asked to bring a choice of high-resolution digital photographs, bearing in mind that nature and landscape images are the most suitable to begin with. A preliminary selection from these photographs will be processed to make them functional for screen printing. The second step involves the creation of the frames, the preparation of the color and the crafting of the porcelain slabs. Next is the printing on the raw slabs, as well as studying and experimenting with the rendering of colors. Ultimately, when students have acquired sufficient skills with the printing, they will create tiles, then also vases or bowls, to highlight the beauty of their photographs. Those with advanced porcelain making skills and experience may tackle more complex objects.

Teaching

Instructor Sara Dario leads students through experimentation with their own images, prints and shapes, and helps them to realize their personal artistic visions. Sara Dario draws on her own wide experience and years of experimentation. From this, she passes onto her students a great variety of ideas for successfully applying screen print on porcelain. Students will learn from her, for example, about the various problems and related solutions of the technique, as well as other tips on the aesthetics of combining these two arts, such as the choice of images and how to enhance them through the plastic form.

Logistics

On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. At booking, students may select their preferred room type, choosing between standard lodging, single room and/or upgraded accommodation. Please note that depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.

The last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, please plan your travels so to not need to leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.

The Artist

Sara Dario mixes sculpture with photography. Using the technique of photo-serigraphy, she cuts, deconstructs, recomposes and models her own images, thus creating photo-sculptures. In her creative process, photography is an integral part, as well as the plastic form. Her latest works are inspired by nature and the movements produced by the blowing of the wind, identified as a vehicle for dreams and memories.She has participated in international competitions and exhibitions, receiving many awards for her work, including:
2019 Golden Award “Thirteenth edition of the International Biennial of Ceramic Art of Aveiro” (Portugal).
2019 Silver Award “Blanc the Chine – International ceramic art awards” with Whale on Whale (China/France)
2018 Silver Award “Internationale Biennale Martinsons Awards”, Daugavpils (Lithuania)
2018 Honor Mention “V° International Ceramic Biennale”, Ascoli Piceno (Italy)
www.saradario.com

 

Artist

Sara Dario

Date

Sunday March 23 (arrival) – Saturday March 29 (departure) 2025

Length of course

5 working days in the studio

Technique

Handbuilding, Porcelain

Level of Course

Some experience required

Deposit

€ 500

Workshop fee (without lodging)

€ 1700

Bookings for the 2025 Courses open on June 1st 2024

Workshop fee and lodging

The costs listed include both: the workshop fee and the lodging. 

Standard accommodation in shared double room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 1950
Standard accommodation in single room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 2200
Upgraded accommodation in shared double room with use of swimming pool, 8 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana : Final course cost Euro 2150
Upgraded accommodation in single room with use of swimming pool, 8 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana: Final course cost: Euro 2330
Private appartment on the grounds of La Meridiana with one bedroom, kitchen, bath and outdoor space. Final course cost: Euro 2400
Course without lodging Euro 1700

Payment and Refund Policy

A deposit is required at registration. After submitting the registration form, you may proceed with the payment on-line. If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the registration will be confirmed once the deposit has been accredited in our banking account. The balance must be paid at the beginning of the course.

 Cancellations
You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will have the deposit fully refunded.  No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the Italian consumer legislation, in accordance with the EU consumer protection legislation. In the event of disputes, the competent court is Florence. If the workshop cannot be hold because of an insufficient number of students, the deposit will be fully reimbursed.
Force Majeure
Students must know that cancellations may occur due to events beyond our control (e.g. pandemic, civil disorder, medical or family issues of the instructor). In such case, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different workshop of your choice. The voucher is valid for two years. The deposit will be transferred to the workshop of choice.

Additional information

The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day;
Studio open 11 hours per day;
All materials and firings;
Freshly prepared three course lunch with wine on all working days;
Welcome breakfast, Welcome and Final dinner;
Coffee break in the mornings and in the evenings.