26-2025 – Brian Dickenson – Summer Throwing

June 22- July 5 2025

Intensive training, comunity and fun

Throwing. For beginners and intermediate

26-2025 – Brian Dickenson – Summer Throwing

Introduction

Summer throwing is an intensive throwing training, followed by glazing and decorating. There will be much individual attention for each students.

Techniques taught

In Summer Throwing we will approach the fundamental  techniques on the wheel. In throwing, the practice of different ways of manipulating clay, from preparation to throwing and finishing processes will expand familiarity with the medium. We will start with cylinders,  then make bowls, jugs and mugs. Adding handles and spouts will complete the methods taught. The throwing section will finish with a review of trimming skills. We will spend three full days with glazing, allowing for much calm in this final step of the making. Glazing will be introduced by an easy to understand lesson of theory, follwed by demos of various possibilities in applying glazes.

Teaching method

Starting with exhaustive demos, the participants will have ample time for training and making on the wheel. An important aspect will be to familiarize with the various glazes and the glazing process itself. In fact, in Summer Throwing, students will learn to perform the glazing process in a confident manner by dipping or pouring. We will use a stoneware clay and fire in the gas kiln in reduction atmosphere to cone ten. Most of the dry work will be bisqued and a selection of this will be glazed and fired.

Logistics

On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. At booking, you may select your preferred room type, choosing between standard lodging, single room and/or upgraded accommodation. Please note that depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.The last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, please plan your travels so to not need to leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.

This class is suitable for all levels.

The Artist

Brian Dickenson attended the Throwers course at Derbyshire college of Higher Education and obtained a Research Diploma at  Cardiff Institute of Higher Education, focusing on composition and  firing of oriental glazes. He holds a MA ceramics Degree from Cardiff institute of Higher Education. He sais of himself:
”I spent time with my Mentor Philip Wood producing standard interspersed with work placements in Ireland, concentrating on raw production and repetition throwing. During this extended period of journeyman activity I spent considerable time working under Seth and Ara Cardew at the celebrated Wenford Bridge Pottery.  Since this time, I have established four potteries of my own over a 30 year period. In addition to making a broad range of functional ware and one off pieces, I have developed a particular interest in kiln building. I have become involved increasingly in teaching ceramics and professional consultancy and as a regular lecturer at Clay College Stoke UK.”

“I remain fascinated by all aspects of ceramics”

Date

Sunday June 22 (arrival) – Saturday July 5 (departure) 2025

Length of course

10 working days in the studio

Technique

Throwing

Level

For all levels

Workshop fee (without lodging)

€ 2980

Deposit

€ 900

Bookings for the 2025 Courses open on June 1st 2024

Workshop fee and lodging

The costs listed include both: the workshop fee and the lodging. 

Standard accommodation in shared double room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 3480
Standard accommodation in single room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 3980
Upgraded accommodation in shared double room with use of swimming pool, 8 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana : Final course cost Euro 3880
Upgraded accommodation in single room with use of swimming pool, 8 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana: Final course cost: Euro 4240
Private appartment on the grounds of La Meridiana with one bedroom, kitchen, bath and outdoor space. Final course cost: Euro 4380
Course without lodging Euro 2980

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.

Cancellations
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.

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;
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.