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40-2021 – Martin Mindermann – Raku. A Tribute to Colour and Craquelé

40-2021 – Martin Mindermann – Raku. A Tribute to Colour and Craquelé
October 3 – 9 2021

Decoration, glazing and firing technique

Handbuilding. Some experience required


Over the past 50 years, raku firing techniques have developed enormously, offering a wide range of surface possibilities. In this workshop, we will explore the aesthetic possibilities of combining coloured glazes, smoke effects, the use of stencils and the application of gold leaves and copper.

Techniques taught

Martin Mindermann pays tribute to shape, structure and colour. The surface of his vessels offer the space for a rhythmic interplay of vivid elements, inserted into the craquelé-structure achieved with the Raku firing. He will teach his method of painting and spraying of mixed and ready-made glazes. What makes his work outstanding is the use of stencils, copper and gold leaves. Therefore, students will have the opportunity to experiment with those elements.  At the end, the Raku firing, “a cultivated form of pyromania” as Mindermann likes to call it, is a powerful and decisive moment for the outcome of each piece.

Teaching method

Making will cover the first part of the workshop. Furthermore, in order to experiment extensively, students will be asked to bring some bisqued work, preferably with flat surfaces that lend themselves beautifully to the work with stencil. Several Raku firings will provide sufficient time and opportunity to understand the technique.

Studio space and logistics

Group size is of maximum 10 participants. Participants should have a basic experience of working with clay and a basic knowledge of fundamental concepts in ceramics. Most of the dry work will be bisqued and a selection of this will be glazed and fired. 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. The course is taught in English.

The artist

Martin Mindermann was born in Bremen. After his studies, he started to work as a potter in 1990. Since 2006, he runs his own studio in Oyten. He has demonstrated and taught workshops internationally and lectures at the Academy of Arts of Bremen since 2005. He has won many Art prizes; his work is found in public collections in Europe, Asia and America and featured in many publications.  He regularly shows his work in galleries and international exhibitions .http://www.martin-mindermann.de




Martin Mindermann


October 3 – 9, 2021

Length of course

5 working days in the studio


Some experience required



Total cost:

€ 1300

Deposit for booking:

400 €


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 220 euro 180 euro per week;
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 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.


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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