43-2025 – On Centre – Fall
October 19 – December 13, 2025
A two month long intensive course that aims to build a solid foundation
On Centre – Fall is a course dedicated to throwing and firing functional ceramics, with attention to glazing, and surface techniques. Additionally, students will refine their visual awareness consistently.
On Centre – Fall offers continued time for practice, coupled with one-on-one attention from the instructors. It allows for real progress on the wheel and trains the ability to translate ideas into three dimensional objects. Exercises aim to enhance both skill and awareness, so that the particpants will see improving their pots in form and finish. Furthermore, there is much attention to glazing and surface techniques. Thoughtful and controlled application of glaze will be encouraged and cover a wide range of decorative possibilities from work done with clay immediately after throwing to work done with glaze, simple and more complex will be shown. The practical part of the course is complemented by a series of visual talks covering historical and contemporary aspects of ceramics. The work will be executed with two different tipes of stoneware and firings will ocurr both in reduction and oxidation atmosphere.
There will be a main istructor, supported by an additional instructor for some specific aspects like glazing and critique. They will divide their time time between demonstrations for the group and, as necessary, one-to-one assistance. Each student has a generous work space eqipped with a wheel, shelving and tools. During the second part of the course, particpants may pursue a project of their own choice, that will be chosen with the help of the instructors. On Centre- Fall will end with a final show. Images of prevous student work may be found here.
Students will stay and study in the supportive environment of La Meridiana, with a generous working space at their disposal. This intensive course is open to all levels but some previous experience with clay is required. The course is open for a maximum of 9 students.
A delicious mid day meal is included on all working days. At booking, each participant may select the preferred room type, choosing between on site standard single rooms with shared bathroom, single rooms with en-suite bathroom at 3 minutes walking distance from the school or private on site apartments
Application and cost
Application is by written proposal. Please write to email@example.com to find out about the cost and more.
The artists and instructors
Franco Rampi started working as a potter in 1978. After an apprenticeship in England and a cycle of studies in Italy he opened his own studio in Tuscany where he produces both functional objects in small series and one off pieces. He works mainly in stoneware, whilst continuing his research on clays, slips and forms. He has taught workshops on throwing and glazing for many years, collaborating with La Meridiana since 2010.
I feel deeply connected to the generations of potters who since the remote past have made bowls and vases for humanity. These functional objects are present in everyday live, and among the most powerful symbols of life on earth. When creating, I feel a strong connection to tradition, but the inspiration that comes from the ever-stimulating materials I use is equally powerful. A common thread made of passion, curiosity and commitment binds together the students I have had the pleasure of teaching during the past two months. Passing the knowledge of making on the wheel to new generations completes my own path as a ceramist. www.francorampi.it
Eve Carrobourg studied in Art History in Paris and Florence and then pursued in the field of ceramics. She trained at La Meridiana under the guidance of its founder Pietro Maddalena and of John Colbeck. She extended her collaboration by staying as workshop-technician for the School where she discovered a true passion for glazes.
After having completed a specialization on high-fire glazes in France, she worked as a full-time teacher on glaze-technology at the CNIFOP Ceramic Centre in France and since several years teaches an in depth, though easy tounderstand glaze course at La Meridiana. She was prized by the “Marcel-Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation” to fulfill a research on glazes. She is currently completing her research in order to publish a book on high-fire glazes.
Franco Rampi, Eve Carrobourg
Sunday October 19th (arrival) – Saturday December 13th (departure) 2025
|Length of course
1 or more month
Material tecnology, Glaze course, Throwing
For inquries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day;
Studio open 12 hours per day; (The studio is closed on Sundays)
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.
Payment - 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. However, if you have to withdraw because of unforeseen reasons and the vacant spot can be filled by a new participant, La Meridiana will reimburse the deposits paid minus a 200 euros administration fee.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, the deposit will be fully refunded.
Application procedure for ON CENTRE. FALL
On Centre. Fall is an in depth, twelve weeks experience on throwing, glazing, clay bodies and firing techniques for functional ceramics. To get the most out of this course demands a high level of commitment and sustained work. The only prerequisite is that you have sufficient experience of throwing (which may only be slight) to be certain you wish to undertake the programme. To get an understanding of the results to expect, you may visit the virtual show of a former edition.
The programme can accomodate a maximum of 9 students. In order to attend, application is required.
Please send the following to email@example.com
– CV, including a photo of yourself
– A brief letter stating your reasons for wanting to do the course.
– Six to ten images of your work in JPEG format.
Please do send these documents in PDF format.
Any interested people may wish to telephone to discuss their interest +39 3772709500 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application is ongoing .