39A-2024 – Lisa Ommanney – Handbuilt Tableware

September 22-28 2024

An introduction to handbuilding techniques

Hand building. For all

39A-2024 – Lisa Ommanney – Handbuilt Tableware


Handbuilt Tableware: A broad introduction to handbuilding, focusing on tableware pieces – plates, bowls, mugs and platters. Students will learn the basics of working with clay, designing tableware and choosing the most appropriate approach/techniques of making for their specific designs. .

Techniques taught

For their tableware, students will learn the three main handbuilding techniques: pinching, coiling and slabwork, starting with the basics and then advancing to variations as they choose. We will look at additions that can be made to basic forms, both in a functional and decorative sense, and discuss the options and associated decisions. Students will then progress to designing and making a 5-piece set, choosing techniques and planning the shapes and sizes of each piece, studying how they interact and considering additions to enhance function and aesthetics.

Teaching method

Lisa will demonstrate each technique, often encouraging students to work alongside her as she does so, to grasp the physical specifics of making. Once the basics are understood, students will make their own pieces using each technique, with Lisa offering support and advice throughout.

Lisa’s teaching process is collaborative and non-prescriptive. Students will be encouraged to take creative, independent approaches to design and making, with aesthetics and function considered in whatever balance they choose. Weird, wild, wonky, heavily decorative and novelty-shaped pieces are just as welcome as sleek, simple or traditional shapes. There are infinite possibilities and plenty of time to explore them!


On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. Lodging is included as well.  The last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, therefore please plan your travels so to not leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.

The artist

Lisa Ommanney is an Oxford based ceramic artist making functional and sculptural hand built pieces, with a focus on tableware. She studied Fine Art at London Guildhall University. In 2015, Lisa won the Jameson Works Bursary, and in the years since she has shown work in galleries including Thrown Contemporary, Lacey Contemporary and Kobi & Teal.
She works with Michelin-starred restaurants across the globe including Hide (London), Mirazur (France), Cycle (Tokyo), and Moss (Iceland). Her tableware has been included in multiple cookbooks and magazines. Chefs who have featured her work include Yotam Ottolenghi, Jamie Oliver, Meera Sodha, Anna Jones, Tom Kerridge, Mauro Colagreco and Ollie Dabbous. www.lisaommanney.com 


Lisa Ommanney


Sunday September 22 (arrival) – September Saturday 28 (departure) 2024

Length of course

5 working days in the studio




For all levels

Total cost:

€ 1850

Deposit for booking:

€ 500

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.

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.

Artist statement

Lisa Ommanney’s overarching aesthetic is informed by the relationship between the human and natural worlds, and specifically the parallels between their visual languages – pattern and repetition, growth and decay – these form the spectrum within which she works: rustic and organic forms, earthy tones, soulful objects that resonate with a sense of the human.
She has a strong interest in ancient and prehistoric ceramics from across the globe. Much of her work is built with rough, groggy clays, and she leaves traces of the making process on each piece. Alongside her preference for the rustic and the natural, she also enjoys precision work, designs that require a level of rigour, pushing the limits of handbuilding techniques.

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

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