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34A-2020 – Franco Rampi – Porcelain and the Art of the Wheel

34A-2020 – Franco Rampi – Porcelain and the Art of the Wheel
August 16 – 29, 2020

Throwing, finishing and glazing porcelain vessels

Throwing. For all


With the remodelled studios and the ample outside space, we are able to offer this course respecting the current safety standards. The number of participants is limited to eight.


Throwing porcelain is often thought of as being more difficult than throwing other clays. However, this is a misconception and it is more constructive and accurate to think of porcelain as having different qualities to other clays.
In essence, porcelain is the purest of clays. When high fired it is extremely hard and durable and, when thin, is translucent. It is resistant to thermal shock. From heat shields on space capsules, to cutting tools, to spark plugs and insulators, to jewellery, to dentistry and in other fields porcelain and derivatives of porcelain have found application in a wide and increasing range of contexts in society since Marco Polo returned from the Orient, with awe inspiring porcelain vessels, to a Europe in which earthenware was the norm. Porcelain endures today as a beautiful material with which to throw useful and decorative vessels.

Tecniques taught

The central focus of the course is throwing but a related focus is to cover a range of the ways porcelain may be finished. Each session will begin with a demonstration to the group. Subsequently participants may then work in relation to those demonstrations or pursue their particular interests – in both cases with the attention and support of the teacher. The sequence of wheel based demonstrations will cover the throwing and trimming of a range of different forms, from simple bowls to jugs and teapots. A related sequence of demonstrations will cover decorative and glazing processes relevant to porcelain. Sufficient time will be allocated to the glazing process, so that it can be handled with calm and confidence.  Notably, most of the dry work will be bisqued and a selection of this will be glazed and fired in the gas reduction kilns at 1285C (2345F) (Cone 10). The practical work of the course will be complemented by a talk on porcelain bodies, glazes and glaze materials. The course is taught in English and in Italian.

The artist

Franco Rampi was born in Domodossola. He started working as a potter in 1981. After an apprenticeship in England and a cycle of studies in Italy he opened his own studio in Tuscany. He produces both functional objects in small series and one off pieces. He works mainly in stoneware, whilst continuing his research on clays, slips and forms.
For ten years he has been teaching and collaborating with La Meridiana, and assisting John Colbeck in throwing and long-term courses. www.francorampi.it 



La Meridiana is equipped to comply with the current safety standards, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. The building is sanitized and 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.

  • Body temperature will be checked before entering the building and sign the self-declaration at the entrance. Anyone with a temperature above 37.5 ° or any flu symptoms cannot enter and must contact a doctor.
  • It is important to keep your hands always clean: everything you need will be available.
  • everyone is responsible to follow the basic rules on social distancing and the use of masks.

DATE: August 16 – 29, 2020

LEVEL: Throwing. For all



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The workshop fee includes the following:
Materials and firings
Lodging in single room
Welcome dinner and final dinner
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.

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