37A-2025 – Riccardo Gori – Scaling up on the Wheel

September 7 – 13 2025

Augment the size of your work on the wheel

For intermediate and advanced

37A-2025 – Riccardo Gori  – Scaling up on the Wheel

Introduction

Scaling Up on the Wheel is taught by a master potter and presents several techniques for throwing and assembling big pots.

Techniques

Over the five full workdays of Scaling Up there will be practical demonstrations of three principal techniques for throwing large/ tall pieces. The first method consists of throwing two or more separate parts, which are then joined while still fresh. The second method also starts with throwing the pieces separately, but they are joined at the leather hard stage. A third method entails the addition of a coil to the thrown part. In addition to these major techniques, Riccardo Gori has more methods for the creation of special shapes, such as amphoras.

Each step will be demonstrated in detail and all the factors that contribute to the success of the pots will be analysed thoroughly. Students may learn and practice these methods with the amount of clay they feel comfortable with, however it is recommended that students arrive with the ability to throw and centre 1 kilo (2 pounds) of clay comfortably.

Teaching

Ricccardo Gori’s exceptional knowledge and passion for the wheel are outstanding features of his teaching. Through practical demonstrations and much discussion he will transmit an exhaustive amount of information. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. The instructor will relate his tips and tricks with generosity. Due to the size of the pieces and the course timeline, no work will be fired.

Logistics

The course is taught in Italian and English. A  delicious lunch will be served every day. 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.

This course is designed for the intermediate and advanced level.

The Artist

Riccardo Gori was born in Florence. After studies in Geology, in 1982 he started his training in ceramics, earning the diploma of Master of Throwing. By collaborating with artists, masters and historical workshops in Tuscany and Faenza he has expanded his knowledge of traditional and innovative techniques on the wheel and in glazing. He likes to teach in schools and educational workshops. In 2002 he opened his own studio, where he produces stoneware and porcelain objects and sculptures. In collaboration with his wife Silvia Ferraro he designs porcelain jewels with crystalline glazes. His work is shown in galleries in Italy and Europe and has been published in Ceramic Reviewwww.ceramichegori.it

Artist

Riccardo Gori

Date

Sunday September 7 ( arrival) – Saturday September 13 (departure) 2025

Technique

Throwing

Level

Some experience required

Workshop fee (without lodging)

€ 1700

Deposit

€ 500

Bookings for the 2025 Courses open on June 1st 2024

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 1950
Standard accommodation in single room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 2200
Upgraded accommodation in shared double room with use of swimming pool, 8 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana : Final course cost Euro 2150
Upgraded accommodation in single room with use of swimming pool, 8 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana: Final course cost: Euro 2330
Private appartment on the grounds of La Meridiana with one bedroom, kitchen, bath and outdoor space. Final course cost: Euro 2400
Course without lodging Euro 1700

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.

Cancellations
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.

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.