38 – 2024 – Lena Butschek & Peter Montgomery- Throwing Marathon

September 15 – 21 2024

Unlimited clay and the wheel

Throwing. For all levels


Throwing Marathon – with two young and enthusiastic instructors!
There have been many sucessful editions of this classical course and it is still in great demand. The workshop consists of a five intensive days on the wheel with t
ons of clay available.

Techniques taught

Starting with a  revison of the basics, the Throwing Marathon continues with demonstrations on the wheel of different forms, including bowls, cups, plates, vases, teapots, pitchers. Then, techniques for completing some of the work like trimming, pulling handles, addition of feet, will be shown. On the wheel we’ll be pulling and pushing, altering forms, cutting and adding clay. Round pots, oval pots, square pots, handles, spouts, lids, wings and horns!

Teaching method

Teaching is based on demonstrations and much individual attention. Throughout the well structured programme, each session will provide new inputs and stimulus. Students will have plenty of time to practise all techniques shown. The Throwing Marathon does not include any firing but focusses totally on the making. It opens up a perspective of worryfree training and experimenting and is a great opportunity for real progress. Video clips for individual repetition of all techniques shown will be available to all students.


A delicious mid day meal is included on all working days.

The Artists

Lena Butschek makes stoneware and porcelain tableware in her studio in Zirl, Austria. Upon finishing a language teaching degree, she changed course and started training in diverse ceramic disciplines with potters in Italy, Japan, Scotland and Spain. Lena went on to complete a two-year degree in conceptual ceramics at Ortweinschule in Graz. In 2019, she relocated to Devon, UK for an apprenticeship. Back in Austria, she opened her own studio and now spends her time both teaching and making. She is interested in quiet pots and creates the kind of tableware that inspires daily use and celebrates cooking as well as presenting good food. www.lenabutschek.com

Peter Montgomery is a potter from Belfast who makes functional porcelain tableware. His interest lies in ergonomic forms that are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use. He studied ceramics at the Ulster University and is a graduate of the Pottery Skills Course in Thomastown, Ireland. He has worked in several pottery workshops in Australia, Denmark and England. In 2020, Peter relocated to Austria, where he established a ceramic workshop and teaching facility with Lena Butschek. montgomeryporcelain.com


Lena Butschek & Peter Montgomery


Sunday September 15 (arrival) – Saturday September 21 (departure) 2024



Total cost:

€ 1720

Deposit for booking

€ 400

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;
Lodging in shared double room in apartments of simple standard at maximum 15 minutes walking distance.
Single room and/or upgraded accommodation on request, at additional fee. All apartment types have shared kitchen and shared bathroom facilities. Please note that at times, not all room types may be available.
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.


La Meridiana is equipped to comply with the current safety standards regarding Covid-19, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. 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.

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