15-2025 – Guy Van Leemput – Pattern and Transparency

06 – 12 April 2025

Wafer-thin and feather light porcelain

Handbuilding. Some experience required

Guy van Leemput. Pattern and Transparency. Trasparenza e Trama.


Pattern and Transparency is an introduction to making wafer-thin bowls with flax reinforced porcelain on an inflated balloon, as well as discovering how to make a shrinking support on which the wafer-thin bowl can be hung in the kiln.

Tecniques used in Pattern and Transparency

You will start by getting to know the material and learning how to make very thin pieces. Guy Van Leemput will demonstrate many techniques for applying patterns with the opportunity to practice yourself. Each participant will start a bowl with one or more of the demonstrated techniques. We will also make the shrinking supports that will carry the piece in the kiln. After this first ‘maiden-bowl’ is finished you will be challenged to push your limits further. New ‘advanced’ techniques will be shown, for which we will use a mini clay press and colored porcelain.


In this workshop the emphasis is on personal guidance for each participant. The bowls made will be fired on the spot and can be taken home.


On every class day of Pattern and Transparency, a delicious meal will be served. At booking, you may select your 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 and instructor of Pattern and Transparency

Guy van Leemput. Pattern and Transparency. Trasparenza e Trama.Guy Van Leemput (1967, Herentals, Belgium) studied mathematics and ceramics. He has been invited several times for an artist-in-residence at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China. His work has been selected for competitions and group exhibitions in his own country and in other European countries, as well as in Japan, China and Australia. At the MINO International Ceramics Competition 2014, his work “Big Anas” won the Bronze Award, it is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan. Guy was chosen as one of the Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artists 2020. In 2021 he was ‘recommended’ by the Michelangelo Foundation as ‘Master Artisan’. In 2022 he is a key speaker at ‘The Ceramics Congress, Australia’. More info on www.guyvanleemput.be



Guy Van Leemput


Sunday April 6 (arrival) – Saturday April 12 (departure) 2025

Length of course

5 working days in the studio, cinque giorni lavorativi nello studio


Handbuilding, Porcelain

Level of Course

Some experience required


€ 500

Workshop fee (without lodging)

€ 1700

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 1920
Standard accommodation in single room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 2100
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.

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 one year. 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.

At booking, you may choose your preferred room type but depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.

Choose the accommodation you prefer: