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22A-2021 John Colbeck – Decoration: the completion of surfaces

Ceramic surface decoration technique
May 30 – June 5 2021
Suitable for all levels


This course  presents a wide range of decoration techniqes in ceramics,  including the description and the preparation of the necessary materials. It  offers an introduction to the diverse ways clay surfaces can be modified and finished.

Techniques taught

There will be demonstrations of processes applicable to the whole range of clay surfaces: soft; leather-hard; dry; and biscuit fired. The potential of slips, oxides and glazes, as well as various tools and materials  will be shown and explored.
Following each demonstration participants will be given objects on which to experiment with their choice of the processes shown. The objects available for different processes will include press-moulded dishes, tiles and thrown forms. The practical work of the course will be supported by three visual talks, showing contemporary and historical examples of decoration.
The work produced will all be fired in reduction at Cone 10, but the processes shown are relevant at all temperatures of firing.

The Artist

John Colbeck has taught full and part time at Ceramics degree courses in the UK throughout his working life and was for many years Head of Ceramics at Bath Academy of Art and, in addition, has taught many short courses and given lectures and seminars in the UK and abroad. He is author of “Pottery, the Technique of Throwing” (1969), “Pottery, Techniques of Decoration” (1983) (both of these still available as Classic reprints from Axner Supplies USA) and “Pottery Materials” (1988). He produces unglazed, polished thrown forms in stoneware and porcelain.




John Colbeck


May 30 – June 5 2021

Length of course

5 working days in the studio


Surface techniques


For all levels

Total cost:

1300 Euro

Deposit for booking:

400 €


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 220 euro 180 euro per week;
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.

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 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.


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