August 4 – 10 2024
Unlimited clay and the wheel
Throwing. For all levels
Throwing Marathon – back to the starting line again!
There have been many sucessful editions of this classical course and it is still in great demand. This workshop consists of a five intensive days on the wheel, with tons of clay available.
Starting with a revison of the basics, the Throwing Marathon continues with demonstrations on the wheel of different forms, including bowls, cups, plates, vases, pitchers. Then, techniques for completing some of the work like trimming, pulling handles, addition of feet, will be shown. On the wheel we’ll be pulling and pushing, altering forms, cutting and adding clay. Round pots, oval pots, square pots, handles, spouts, lids, wings and horns!
Teaching is based on demonstrations and much individual attention. Throughout the well structured programme, each session will provide new inputs and stimulus. Students will have plenty of time to practise all techniques shown. The Throwing Marathon does not include any firing but focusses totally on the making. It opens up a perspective of worryfree training and experimenting and is a great opportunity for real progress. Video clips for individual repetition of all techniques shown will be available to all students.
A delicious mid day meal is included on all working days.
Franco Rampi was born in Domodossola in northern Italy. He started working as a potter in 1981. After an apprenticeship in England and a further cycle of studies in Italy he opened his own studio in Tuscany. He produces both functional objects in small series and one off pieces. He works mainly in stoneware, whilst continuing his research on clays, slips and forms. For ten years he has been teaching and collaborating with La Meridiana and is a most apreciated instructor for his humour, empathy and skill.www.francorampi.it
I feel deeply connected to the generations of potters who since the remote past have made bowls and vases for humanity. These functional objects are present in everyday live, and among the most powerful symbols of life on earth. When creating, I feel a strong connection to tradition, but the inspiration that comes from the ever-stimulating materials I use is equally powerful. A common thread made of passion, curiosity and commitment binds together the students I have had the pleasure of teaching during the past two months. Passing the knowledge of making on the wheel to new generations completes my own path as a ceramist.