We will use porcelain techniques and colour to create small objects where the surface decoration is integral to the object. The colours are soft and opaque and the surface, only obtainable with porcelain, is smooth and silky.
The porcelain techniques are based on the use of stained porcelain slabs that are laminated, cut and overlapped. Subsequently, intervening in a variety of ways, we will obtain random or structured patterns. Likewise, Nerikomi or millefiori elements, as well as liquid slips can be applied, allowing for further visual impact. When finished the slabs, these will then be made into simple objects. for this, we may use plaster moulds or use simple slab building techniques. After the bisq firing, pieces will be polished finely and prepared for the final firing and then fired, worked again with sandpaper to get the very smooth and silky surface.
All processes will be shown with demos and revised with comprehensive technical explanations. Starting from a small project, students will make several objects, followed by the instructor who will give individual attention to each participant.
Students will study in the beautiful environment of La Meridiana and a full meal will be served on all course days. 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, plan your travels so to not leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.
Sara Kirschen was born in Rome in 1975. After taking a degree in sociology, in the early nineties she discovered a profound interest in the art of pottery- making. Self taught, she is now a professional potter and teacher. In the past, she has attended workshops at La Meridiana, and assisted many artists, among others Susan Nemeth. Versatile with different techniques, coloured porcelain has become her favourite means of expression. www.sarakirschen.it