July 15 – 24 2021
A workshop about spontaneity and study through the use of specific materials like paperclay and plastermolds.
On our first day will explore structure and shapes. In other words, we will string bamboo blinds, modelling them into visual ideas. Subsequently, these bamboo structures will be used as the base for plaster moulds to be made on the second day. After that, we will be able to create shapes with paperclay, adding interest through the variation of forms, lines and colour.
We will learn how to make plaster and paperclay and how to use it in various ways: firstly on our plaster moulds and in addition by wrapping it around wooden structures in several layers. As a result, a cornucopia of possibilities will open up. When firing, the bamboo will burn off, leaving a structure in clay. The making techniques used are hand building and press moulding whereas for colour effects there will be the application of oxides or slips to the wet clays. With these techniques, we will strive to achieve expressive lines and forms.
Throughout the workshop, Mette Maya Gregersen will demonstrate the processes and assist each participant in mastering the techniques. As a result, students will learn techniques as well as to develop proper visual ideas.
Studio space and logistics
The workshop will be taught in the Nature Studio in the gardens of La Meridiana, to be reached climbing a set of steps. There will be one free day while the work is fire, an opportunity for the exploration of the beauty of Tuscany, conductive to further inspiration. At the end of the workshop, most of the dry work will be bisqued and a selection of this will be glazed and fired.
Mette Maya Gregersen holds a BA in ceramics from the Camberwell College of Arts ad a MA in Art Psychotherapy from Sheffield University. She has travelled extensively and has been invited to ceramic residencies in the UK, Hungary and China. Her work is an investigation into her own emotional condition as well as into social identity and a connection between thought, hands and space. She has exhibited internationally, hold lectures and taught many workshops. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, the Danish Association of Art and Design and the Dirty Go Clay Band.
DATE: July 15 – 24 2021
LEVEL: Handbuilding. For all levels
TOTAL PRICE: EURO 1800,00
DEPOSIT FOR BOOKING: EURO 600,00
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 at request with supplement of 330 euros
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days
Payment - 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.