41-2025 – Susan Nemeth – Inlaid Coloured Porcelain for Intermediate and Advanced

October 5 – 11 2025

Intriguing designs and satin like surfaces without glaze

Handbuilding. Nerikomi

41-2025 – Susan Nemeth – Inlaid Coloured Porcelain for Intermediate and Advanced

Introduction

In the course Inlaid Coloured Porcelain for Intermediate and Advanced we will explore in detail how to control line, blocks of colour, and half tones. The course is open to those who have participated in one of Susan Nemeth’s Nerikomi courses or are familiar with the basics of the technique. Using various techniques of working with layers of coloured slips and porcelains you will learn to create subtle pattern and imagery.

Techniques taught

In Inlaid Coloured Porcelain for Intermediate and Advanced Susan Nemeth teaches a unique method of decoration. Firstly, laminated sheets of coloured clays, inlaid with pattern or imagery will be lightly beaten, rolled and stretched, then formed into shape. Working from your own images, we will find the best ways to adapt ideas for porcelain collages. The inlaid coloured porcelain slabs will be used to create bowls, vases and/or wall plaques formed by press moulding or with slab-building methods. Buried in sand to prevent warping, the work will be high fired to cone 10, to create a smooth, satin like, matt and vitrified surface.

Teaching method

In this class students will learn how to make and use many layers of clays and slips; and how to control the distortion of the pattern, which actually becomes a tool for beautiful effects. The taught techniques will include cutting or rubbing through the layers to reveal the hidden colours. We will learn how the use of coloured slips beneath the inlays can form both, very fine and bold outlines and furthermore, how rubbing around these areas creates subtle grades of colour. We will work with half-tone effects and shading with coloured slips and additionally emphasise revealing the decorative edge strata.

Logistics

On every classday, a delicious meal will be 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.

The workshop is suitable for all levels. Last kiln opening will be on Saturday morning, please plan your travels accodingly, without having to leave the school before 9:30 am.

The Artist

Susan Nemeth is a porcelain artist whose practice began over forty years ago. She trained at Bournville School of Art, Wolverhampton Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. The strongly graphic textile and ceramic designs of the 1950’s and 60’s inspire her inlaid work as well as the various painters including Henri Matisse, Ben Nicholson, Paul Klee and Eva Hesse. She has been awarded internationally and is mentioned in many publications. Her studio is in London and she continues to exhibit internationally. www.susannemeth.co.uk

Artist

Susan Nemeth

Date

Sunday October 5 (arrival) – Saturday October 11 (departure) 2025

Length of course

5 working days in the studio

Technique

Handbuilding, Porcelain

Level

Advanced, 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 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.