18-2022 – Antoinette Badenhorst – Understanding Porcelain

May 1 – 14 2022

Learn about the peculiar qualities of porcelain in order to throw successfully on the wheel, adding hand built sections

For the intermediate and advanced level

18-2022 – Antoinette Badenhorst – Understanding Porcelain


Understanding Porcelain is a workshop to gain knowledge of the medium porcelain which has different requirements than other clay bodies. In fact, when understanding these specific quualities, it will become easier to use and to create incredibly fine and intricate objects with it. Different from the naturally found porcelain in ancient China, Western porcelain is manmade. With it came characteristics that need specific knowledge in order to be successful as a porcelain artist. Understanding Porcelain is the workshop that teaches that knowledge.

Techniques taught

During the workshop we will work simultaneously on 3- 5 objects in a combination of hand building and wheel throwing techniques. In that way students will learn to control the drying phases of the porcelain. They will also learn to work with porcelain beyond the wheel, because Antoinette will show all possible techniques that occurr during the altering process.

Teaching method

Students will be allowed to practice on several pieces on the wheel or by hand building in order to practice extensively. At every step  Antoinette will control the quality and in the end make sure that just the best five pieces get fired. She would like to encourage students to bring samples or images of their work so that she can understand their needs from the beginning.


There are 10 full working days in the studio. On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. Lodging is included as well. This class is suitable for intermediate to advanced students.

For participation, a Covid 19 Vaccination Certificate is required.

The artist

Antoinette Badenhorst is a professional ceramic artist from South Africa with a strong calling for teaching. In the more than 30 years of her career she has taught to students of all levels in many continents. In her work she is focussing mostly on porcelain and has launched successfully an  e-course on understanding porcelain. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and her accomplishments in the field of ceramics and of teaching have been honoured in articles and publications of international magazines. When not travelling for teaching she lives and works in the USA with her husband. www.porcelainbyAntoinette.com


May 1 – 14 2022


Antoinette Badenhorst

Length of course

10 working days in the studio





Total cost:

Euro 2800,00

Deposit for booking:




The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day
Studio open 12 hours per day
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request at additional fee of 230 euros.
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

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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

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 EU consumer protection legislation.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different course of your choice. The voucher is valid for two years. The deposit will be transferred to the new course.


La Meridiana is equipped to comply with the current safety standards regarding Covid-19, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. The daily maintenance of hygiene measures is guaranteed.  Please note that participants will be required to follow the security protocol and to comply with some simple precautions.