October 25 gennaio – December 19 2020
A two-month intensive course on throwing and decoration techniques for stoneware.
Application open now!
Form and Decoration is a course dedicated to throwing and firing functional ceramics, with a strong focus on decoration techniques. Continuous practice coupled with one-on-one attention from the instructors enables the ability to translate ideas into three dimensional objects. Exercises will aim to enhance skill and awareness, allowing participants to improve their pots in form and finish.
In decoration, exercises aim to encourage thoughtful and controlled application of glaze 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.
The practical work of the course is complemented by a series of six visual talks covering historical and contemporary aspects of ceramics. The teachers divide their time between demonstrations for the group and, as necessary, one-to-one assistance.
Students have a generous working space at their disposal. They will stay and study in the supportive environment of La Meridiana, with logistics like lodging, transportation and lunch taken care of.
Application opens each year on February 1 for the edition that starts in October of the following year and is by written proposal. For further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two ceramicists of wide experience will tutor the selected group of nine students.
Pietro Elia Maddalena studied ceramics at the West Surrey College of Art & Design in England. After two more years of work at Dartington Workshop, he returned to Italy where in 1980 he established a studio in Certaldo, near Florence. Pietro is the founder and director of the International School of Ceramics LA MERIDIANA located in Tuscany, Italy. Also instructor and maker he says of himself : “ I am totally and continuously interested in the process of making. I see the craft object as a projection of the human spirit and the culture in which it was nurtured. In elaborating concept, material and process, my ultimate goal is the expression of beauty through sophisticated and sensual forms”.
Francesco Carra was born in Mantova. He trained and worked as a potter for seven years, attending workshops in France and at La Meridiana before becoming a staff member of La Meridiana in 2018. He regularly assists in the teaching of throwing workshops and is responsible for testing materials and glazes. His own work is functional, thrown in stoneware and porcelain.