14-2024 – Guy Van Leemput – Pattern and Transparency

March 31 – 06 April 2024

Wafer-thin and feather light porcelain

Handbuilding. Some experience required


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. Lodging is included as well.

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 March 31 (arrival) – Saturday April 6 (departure) 2024

Length of course

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


Handbuilding, Porcelain

Level of Course

Some experience required


€ 500

Costo totale:

€ 1850

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;
Lodging in shared double room in apartments of simple standard at maximum 15 minutes walking distance.
Single room and/or upgraded accommodation on request, at additional fee. All apartment types have shared kitchen and shared bathroom facilities. Please note that at times, not all room types may be available.
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.


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.

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