July 25 – 31, 2021
Painting with smoke
Throwing and hand building techniques. Intermediate
The aim of the workshop is to explore the technique of Naked Raku. Participants will leave the workshop with enough experience of the technique to be able to continue creating beautiful pieces independently.
Through practical demonstrations and hands on work, we will go through all steps of creating with the Naked Raku technique, from construction to the final firing.
Participants will use their preferred method of construction for the pieces (hand-building, throwing, slab, etc.) We will then cover different methods of burnishing, preparation and application of decanted slip, preparation for the firing with different decoration techniques and finally, firing and post firing reduction. All pieces made by the participants will be taken home at the end; however the emphasis is on learning the technique rather than on production. We will use a white grogged stoneware and slips and glaze specially prepared for Naked Raku.
The workshop is held in the Nature Studio. Open on three sides, the studio is located at the base of the La Meridiana hill, a flight of stairs from the main studios. Participants should have a basic experience of working with clay and a basic knowledge of fundamental concepts in ceramics.
After completing his education in Britain, Alistair decided to travel, first in Europe then in India and West Africa. He finally settled in St Amand en Puisaye, in France in 2003 to start a new journey, this time in ceramics.
He completed two long courses at the CNIFOP in St Amand, the most important Ceramic School in France, concentrating mainly on throwing. He then continued his ceramics education exploring his own style, notably with the Naked Raku technique and in 2007 set out as a professional potter. Alistair exhibits his work at ceramics fairs and in galleries all over Europe. He is regularly teaching CNIFOP.
DATE: July 25 – 31 2021
LEVEL: Throwing and hand building techniques. Intermediate
TOTAL PRICE: EURO 1300
DEPOSIT FOR BOOKING: EURO 400
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 on request, add 220 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast, final dinner
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days
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.