27 – 2023 Lena Butschek – Throwing Marathon

July 2 – 8 2023

Unlimited clay and the wheel

Throwing. For all levels

27 – 2023  Lena Butschek – Throwing Marathon


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. The workshop consists of a five intensive days on the wheel with t
ons of clay available.

Techniques taught

Starting with a  revison of the basics, the Throwing Marathon continues with demonstrations on the wheel of different forms, including bowls, cups, plates, vases, teapots, 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 method

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.

The Artists

Lena Butschek makes stoneware and porcelain tableware in her studio in Zirl, Austria. Upon finishing a language teaching degree, she changed course and started training in diverse ceramic disciplines with potters in Italy, Japan, Scotland and Spain. Lena went on to complete a two-year degree in conceptual ceramics at Ortweinschule in Graz. In 2019, she relocated to Devon, UK for an apprenticeship. Back in Austria, she opened her own studio and now spends her time both teaching and making. She is interested in quiet pots and creates the kind of tableware that inspires daily use and celebrates cooking as well as presenting good food. www.lenabutschek.com

Peter Montgomery is a potter from Belfast who makes functional porcelain tableware. His interest lies in ergonomic forms that are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use. He studied ceramics at the Ulster University and is a graduate of the Pottery Skills Course in Thomastown, Ireland. He has worked in several pottery workshops in Australia, Denmark and England. In 2020, Peter relocated to Austria, where he established a ceramic workshop and teaching facility with Lena Butschek. montgomeryporcelain.com


Lena Butschek & Peter Montgomery


July 2 – 8 2023



Total cost:

€ 1400

Deposit for booking

€ 400



The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day;
Studio open 12 hours per day;
Unlimited clay;
Lodging in double room; single room on request at additional fee of 230 euros 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.


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.

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.