28 -2024- José M. Mariscal – Form and Surface: Crystalline Glazes and Texture

July 7 – 20 2024 

Throwing and glaze formulation. Some experience required

Basic experience on the wheel is required


Form and surface are the topics of this two week long workshop. There will be the throwing with very specific techniques and the making and application of crystalline glazes. Participants will learn how to make suitable forms for crystalline glazes and what to consider in formulating the glazes plus a variety of textures for the surface.

Techniques taught

On the first week we will be concentrated on form, throwing pieces with different technique, using stoneware and porcelain. José will explain how he throws and centers the clay. Form includes shapes with long and thin necks, open pieces like moon jars, throwing small, throwing in two parts. Surface adresses the study of texture techniques and the macig of crystalline glazes. During the second week there is a practical part with the formulation and application of some basic glazes, then continued with a technical part to understand the process.  First glaze formulation, frits best suited for cristals and the the theory of crystallizatio then  temperatures, application and firing methods will be discussed. Furthermore, reduction and post-reduction, treatments with acids and the formulation for red backgrounds will be discussed.

Teaching Method

With tips and tricks out of his vast experience, José Mariscal will help participants to avoid typical errors, permitting to continue to explore the process successfully in the future.  He will help one by one to improve the throwing skills.The workshop is suitable for students with at least some throwing experience, meaning they should be able to throw at least bowls and fairly large cylinders. There will be three final firings: one oxidation firing, one reduction firing, one post reduction firing. Each student will be able to glaze fire at least four pieces but it is important to know that some work will be bisq fired only.


On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. Lodging is included as well.The workshop is suitable for students with at least some throwing experience and will be taught in english.

The artist

José Mariscal is the son of a potter and learned to turn the potter’s wheel as a boy in his father’s workshop. In 1992 he started as a potter at Ceramicas Martinez in Vulpellac. He went from studio to studio and improved his throwing technique to perfection. In 2003 he opened his own workshop and began to experiment with different glazing techniques, to work with engobes, as well as with raku, naked raku and terra sigillata. In 2010, José Mariscal bought an electric kiln and started developing his crystal glazes. http://www.mariscal-ceramics.com 


José M. Mariscal


Sunday July 7 (arrival) – Saturday July 20 (departure) 2024

Length of course

10 working days in the studio


Glaze course, Surface techniques, Throwing


Non beginners


€ 3100


€ 800

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.

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 two years. The deposit will be transferred to the workshop of choice.


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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