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220-2019 – Kala Stein – The Expanded Vessel

220-2019 – Kala Stein – The Expanded Vessel
Date: May 26 – June 4, 2019
Author: Kala Stein

Making vessels for serving and containing

Respond to culture, place, and tools to develop work that explores the intersection of design, production, and the handmade. Focusing on pots and vessels, Kala will lead projects to initiate experimental learning combining studio techniques and exposure to historic Italian ceramic traditions.

Along with concentrated studio time, we will aim to strike a fine balance between indulging pleasures of the Tuscan region with cultural and creative exploration. This workshop excursions and experiences to inspire our creative spirits: a cooking class and dinner with renowned Tuscan Chef Lucia Zucconi, Certaldo alto, Siena and a day trip to the town of Volterra where we will see the elegant to extravagant vessels of the Etruscan culture.

Each day in the studio, Kala will demonstrate a technique for making, introducing new ways to think though the ceramic process. Individual investigations are encouraged and supported with pop-up demos and one-on-one conversations. For both throwers and hand builders, some clay experience is necessary. Focusing on process over the fired result, we are not intending to glaze fire in this workshop; however, we can bisque in order for you to take home valuable tokens of the learning process.
Topics include:
finding form through silhouette
local clay
bisque mold & stamps
templates (for form & pattern)
hybrid construction
handles & appliqué

Kala Stein (b.1979, USA) is an artist and designer noted for innovative mold making and casting techniques. Her work explores dynamic systems and sustainable practices within the intersection of design, production, and the handmade.
Working with clay for 20 years, Kala received a National Endowment for the Arts grant with her collaborative group (2017) to research architectural terracotta in historic Baltimore and respond by using digital technologies in the studio. Kala received her MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (2009) and her BFA in Ceramics at SUNY New Paltz (2002). Her background includes Moravian Pottery & Tiles Works (2002-2005, PA) and apprenticeship with Donna Polseno & Richard Hensley (2005-2007, VA). She taught ceramics at Alfred University for five years and at various universities and art centers across NY and California.
She spends her time in the Finger Lakes regions of New York State, where she was raised and Sonoma, California where she is the Director of Ceramics & Arts at the Sonoma Community Center.

DATE: May 26 – June 4, 2019

LEVEL: Throwing and/or handbuilding. Non beginners




Additional info

The total cost of the course is 2100 euros; Single price supplement: 380 Euros.
Deposit: 600 Euros
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, add 380 euros
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days
4 dinners, 4 breakfast.
Excursions and hands – on cooking lesson.

Payment - Refund Policy

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will 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, the deposit will be fully refunded through the same system it was paid. (on-line or with banking wiring.)
La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a different course with similar characteristics and, in case of your acceptance, the deposit will be transferred to the new course.


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