35A-2025 – Sara Kirschen – Paperclay with Porcelain

August  24 – 30  2025

The fascination of lightness and transparency

Handbuilding. For all

35A-2025 – Sara Kirschen – Paperclay with Porcelain


The appeal of paperclay with porcelain derives from its excellent properties. By inserting fibre into the ceramic mixture, it becomes very workable and therefore lends itself to a wide variety of approaches. Paperclay with porcelain, as used in this course, enhances the transparency of the porcelain further and allows for the making of very thin objects and extravagant shapes, almost impossible to achieve with other materials.


During the five full working days of the workshop, a variety of paperclay techniques will be addressed: Liquid paperclay  applied in various ways, paperclay with porcelain worked at the plastic state, use of slabs, at the plastic and dry state. In order to create shapes,  we may use molds and cardboard supports. Furthermore, coloured paperclay will allow for beautiful effects. The techniques lend itself for the making of decorative  objects  including jewellery.


Guided by the instructor, everyone will be able to express their creativity making light and sophisticated objects.  At the end of the course, everyone will have a rather broad knowledge of the techniques and potential of paperclay with porcelain. Some pieces will be bisqued and glaze fired, others once fired to high temperature. Being the course open to all levels of knowledge, beginners may approach this material successfully, whereas the more experienced will find stimuli through the unusual possibilities the material offers.


The course lasts five full working days and at every lunch, a delicious meal is 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.

Last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, plan your travels so to not leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.

The Artist

Sara Kirschen was born in Rome in 1975. After earning a degree in sociology, in the early nineties she discovered a profound interest in the art of ceramics. 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


Sara Kirschen


Sunday August 24 (arrival) – Saturday August 30 (departure) 2025

Lenght of the Course

5 working days in the studio


Handbuilding, Porcelain

Level of Course

For all levels

Workshop fee (without lodging)

€ 1900


Euro 400

Workshop fee and lodging

The costs listed include both: the workshop fee and the lodging. 

Standard accommodation in shared double room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 2120
Standard accommodation in single room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 2300
Private appartment with air condition with one bedroom, kitchen, bath and outdoor space. Final course cost: Euro 2600
Course without lodging Euro 1900

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 Italian consumer legislation, in accordance with the EU consumer protection legislation. In the event of disputes, the competent court is Florence. If the workshop cannot be hold because of an insufficient number of students, the deposit will be fully reimbursed.
Force Majeure
Students must know that cancellations may occur due to events beyond our control (e.g. pandemic, civil disorder, medical or family issues of the instructor). In such case, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different workshop of your choice. The voucher is valid for two years. The deposit will be transferred to the workshop of choice.

Additional information

The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day;
Studio open 11 hours per day;
All materials and firings;
Freshly prepared three course lunch with wine on all working days;
Welcome breakfast, Welcome and Final dinner;
Coffee break in the mornings and in the evenings.

At booking, you may choose your preferred room type but depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.

Choose the accommodation you prefer: