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35-2020 – Joanna Mallin – Davies. Figurative Sculpture with the live model

Figuyre in clay from the back

August 16 – 22, 2020
Drawing in three-dimensional space with spontaneity
 Sculpture, For all


Ceramic figure sculpture seen as a form of drawing in three-dimensional space leads to the handling of clay in a way that is immediate and responsive. In this course, students will give life to forms by drawing with light and dark, exploiting the inherent qualities of clay.

Techniques taught

The course is designed to inform the students’ language of mark making in clay in a way that can also translate in other materials, such as drawing and painting.  This is primarily taught through ‘croquis’ – a series of relatively short poses, interspersed with, and culminating in longer studies – always working from live models. This way or working not only gives an immediacy and freshness of mark and surface, but also helps to develop an ‘eye-to-hand’ connection, that quickly becomes fluid and instinctive. Overall, students learn to see and use negative space and shadows, and generally to perceive and access form through a range of different ‘tools’ and approaches.

Teaching method

There will be e a live model on all working days. We will work with a beautiful, plastic stoneware clay. Some, but not all of the figures created will be fired during the workshop, whereas others are made purely for learning purpose.

Studio space and logistics

The workshop is held in the Nature Studio. Open on three sides, the studio is located at the base of the La Meridiana hill beside the wood kiln, a flight of stairs from the main studios. There will be a small group of maximum 9 students.

Portrait of Joanna Mallin-DaviesThe artist

Joanna Mallin-Davies has been making sculpture for almost 30 years, in both ceramics and bronze.
She was born in the coal mining Rhondda Valleys of South Wales and gained a BA(Hons) in Ceramics Design, at the College of Art & Design, in Cardiff, in South Wales. Immediately on graduating she began working as a professional artist; exhibiting her work and teaching.She has travelled extensively, moved to Hong Kong, then London, Denmark and Paris, before settling in Tuscany.
At its source, her work is fundamentally classical, but carrying the influence of ancient Chinese and Japanese art, Hindu-Buddhist philosophies, and is essentially concerned with the inner experience – emotions, consciousness and inner being. Her belief in ‘Truth to Material’ is evident in her approach to bronze as much as it is in her clay work.
Joanna currently teaches Ceramics at the Siena Art Institute AKA ‘The Point’ and at the Drawing Academy of The Animation Workshop, Denmark. http://www.mallin-davies.com/



DATE:August 16 – 22, 2020

LEVEL: Sculpture. For all



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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 at additional fee of 200 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast, final dinner
A freshly prepared three course lunch on the working days
Coffee breaks in the mornings and evenings

Cancellation policy

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will 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, the deposit will be fully refunded through the same system it was paid. (on-line or with banking wiring.)
La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a different course with similar characteristics and, in case of your acceptance, the deposit will be transferred to the new course.

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