Juy 20 – 26 2025
Sand, gold and glaze for unusual objects
Handbuilding. For the intermediate level
Precious Surface and Decors is a course to experiment with layering of glazes, sand, glass, gold and silver that will result in precious surfaces and decors, to be used in jewelry but not only.
Students will learn how to make rings and small elements entirely in porcelain, on which experiment the different techniques at high and low temperatures. Firing the elements several times will produce stratifications, thus resulting in a unique and precious surface. The materials used will include glazes, sand, glass, silver and gold and the instructor will pay particular attention to the third firing, when applying gold. This is an ancient technique, revisited in a contemporary key. The focus of the course will be the application of the techniques for jewelry in porcelain, but the tecniques can be used with equally fine results on stoneware and on larger objects. The work will be fired in oxidizing atmosphere in the electric kiln.
There are 5 full working days in the studio. The workshop is open and teaching ocurrs 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
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.