29A-2023-Frances Savage – Throwing Marathon

July 16 -22 2023
Unlimited clay and the wheel

Throwing. For all levels

29A-2023-Frances Savage – 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. This 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 and 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 and find inspiration in the on site ceramic gallery that shows a wide range of ceramic pots and vases.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. Students will study in the suportive environment of La Meridiana.

The Artist

Frances Savage is a studio potter based in Manchester. She completed the 2 years course at Clay College, Stoke on Trent, an intensive course designed to teach the craft of pottery to a new generation. Afterwards she spent time at La Meridiana as a teaching assistant, guiding students in the 3-month intensive ceramics course ON CENTRE. She currently makes pots in her own studio and teaches pottery at Sunken Studio Leeds. https://www.francessavage.co.uk


Frances Savage


Sunday July 16 (arrival) – Saturday July 22 ( departure) 2023

Length of course



For all levels

Total cost:

€ 1360

Deposit for booking

€ 400


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. If the course cannot be hold or the student cannot participate due to treasons related to the pandemic, the student may also electo to have his deposit refunded, minus an administration fee of 60 euros.


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 240 euros;
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.

Artist Statement

“I love to make pots that are joyful to use as part of everyday rituals and encourage a sense of comfort and warmth. I am a great admirer of Medieval pottery and hope to create friendly forms in an expressive manner, with generous curves, slipped surfaces and playful handles. I am fascinated with people’s relationships to material objects and like to leave traces of the maker to encourage a dialogue with the user.”