29A-2025 – Luca Tripaldi – White Gold to Wear

July 13 – 19 2025

Porcelain necklaces and methods of assembly

Handbuilding. For all 

 

 

29A-2025 – Luca Tripaldi – White Gold  to Wear

Introduction

Porcelain is the most suitable clay for making ceramic jewellery, especially the elements of a necklace. Fired to high temperature it reaches complete vitrification. Of a pure and peculiar white, it feels pleasant on the skin even unglazed, hence the name white gold.

Techniques

In this course we will create diverse types of necklaces, rings and earrings, using a variety of making and surface techniques for the single elements. We will strive to find forms and surface textures that when fired will enhance the exquisiteness of the white gold. Students will assemble their elements into unique necklaces; reaching unexpected results as the instructor will show unusual methods of assembly that do not need the use of any ready-made parts. Furthermore, they will learn how to design and make wearable sculptures, exploring the infinite potential of white gold. Those who wish can later apply what they have learned also on larger objects or with other clays.

Logistics

There are 5 full working days in the studio. The workshop is open 9 am to 5 pm. On every classday, a delicious midday 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.

The artist

Luca Tripaldi  lives in Florence where he has his studio. After training in graphic design, he worked for ten years as a sculptor and set designer, making masks and special effects for renowned opera houses like The Scala in Milan and  The Arena of Verona. In 1998 he opened his own ceramic studio. He uses porcelain, preferring unglazed surfaces and is known for his  Contemporary Art Jewelry.  He conducts an intensive teaching activity, holding workshops throughout Europe and the United States. He never gets tired of experimenting and he dedicates particular attention to the pedagogical aspects, with the aim of making learning easier for his students.
www.lucatripaldi.com
Instagram @lucatripaldiporcelainandmore

Artist

Luca Tripaldi

Date

Saturday July 13 (arrival) – Sunday July 19 (departure) 2025

Length of course

cinque giorni lavorativi nello studio

Level

For all levels

Technique

Jewellery, Handbuilding, Porcelain

Workshop fee (without lodging)

€ 1900

Deposit for booking

Euro 500,00

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 2120
Standard accommodation in single room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 2300
Private appartment with air condition with one bedroom, kitchen, bath and outdoor space. Final course cost: Euro 2600
Course without lodging Euro 1900

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 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 one year. The deposit will be transferred to the workshop of choice.

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.

Artist statement

I have experimented with different materials and various firing techniques, both at low and high temperature. My interest is focussed on high temperature and porcelain processing techniques; porcelain is the clay I use for sculpture, decorative objects and jewellery. I mostly glaze only parts with crystalline or dry glazes, in order to get strong contrasts. I like my Contemporary Art Jewellery black or white, decorated with ceramic transfers.  Although porcelain remains my favourite material, in recent years I have become passionate about resins, brass and electroforming, which I love to integrate into porcelain creations.

At booking, you may choose your preferred room type but depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.

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