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45-2020 -David Trueb – Fireworks

45-2020 -David Trueb – Fireworks
November 1 – 7, 2020
David Trueb – Teja Hlacer
Community woodfiring in La Meridiana’s “Bagnano Express”

La Meridiana’s Bagnano Express is a two chamber Noborigama crossdraft kiln with cascade type bourry box. Potters are invited to embark on a one week journey with Teja Hlacer and David Trueb for a shared firing experience to stoneware temperature.
Each step in the preparation and the firing will be discussed and organized so that all participants will have a clear understanding of the process, gain first hand firing experience and acquire elements to understand the final results.
You will be asked to bring a certain number of bisque fired pieces, as each participant will have a determined volume of space in the kiln available for her/his pots. Preferably you should bring elongated and/or closed forms which best respond to the conditions in the wood kiln. Further indications about the volume, shapes and type of clay to use will be given after booking. There will be a presentation of the kiln, how it is built, how it behaves in the firing and which results you may obtain. The firing leaders will give expert advice about the various options for glazing the pots and explain how the exposure to the flames and the ashes will influence the results. The firing will be in reducing atmosphere and salt will be added in the second chamber, for a rich variety of surface effects. We will organize the firing in several shifts. During cooling, there will be time for a field trip and we will celebrate the fire and our friendship with barbeques and good wine.

The number of participants is limited to 8. It is possible to prepare bisque pieces with David Trueb in his studio in Switzerland or Portugal.
For information and booking, please write to Teja Hlacer and David Trueb: fireworksceramics19@gmail.com

November 1 : Arrival between 3 and 6 pm. Distribution of lodging, welcome dinner.
November 2: Breakfast. Talk about firing, preparation for wadding and glazing. Lunch. Glazing and wadding. Dinner.
November 3: Finish glazing and wadding. Start loading the kiln. Lunch. Finish loading and start firing. Dinner. Stoking.
November 4: 4 am 1st shift firing. Breakfast. Firing. Lunch. Firing. Dinner. Finish firing around midnight.
November 5: Kiln cooling. Excursion to the Etruscan museum in Volterra. Lunch. Checking the kiln. Dinner.
November 6: Unloading and cleaning. Lunch. Final talk, critique. Farewell dinner.
November 7: Breakfast. Packing. Departure.


David Trueb
Since his apprenticeship as a confectioner in Basel 1982, David Trueb has been interested in ceramics. There is an affinity in the technical knowledge involved in confectionary and ceramics: both are concerned with recipes, materials, glazes, handicraft and technical skill. David set up his first studio in the basement of his parents’ house, where he began working and experimenting in various ways with throwing, mixing clay bodies, glazing, firing, and the thickness of the objects. Repeatedly he encounters challenges which he approaches with passion, patience and imagination. In recent years, David has specialized in woodfiring at high temperature ranges He continues to gain expertise, supported by completion of the intensive ON CENTRE course at La Meridiana and through ongoing collaboration with wood firing colleagues. He is inspired by simple forms from different cultural areas. He has his main studio in Portugal.

DATE: November 1 – 7, 2020

LEVEL: Woodfiring. Non-beginners



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Additional info

Cost: € 1.250
The workshop fee includes:
6 overnights in double room with shared bathroom
3 breakfasts
5 lunches
6 dinners
Excursion with museum visit
Single room supplement €200

Payment - Refund Policy

A deposit is required upon registration. After submitting the registration form, you may proceed with the on-line payment of the deposit. If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the registration will be confirmed upon accreditation of the deposit 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 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, a voucher for a different  course of your choice, valid for two years, will be issued and the deposit transferred to the new course.

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