8A-2025 – Luca Tripaldi – Electroforming and porcelain

February 16 – 22, 2025

The Philosopher’s Stone of Copper

Surface techniques. Some experience required

8A-2025 – Luca Tripaldi – Electroforming and porcelain

Introduction

Lately many ceramic artists have become fascinated with electroforming and porcelain. This technique allows coating or adding metallic texture to fired ceramic objects, without further use of heat. Mostly the material used for coating is copper.

Technique

Electroforming is a galvanic process, which does not produce any toxic odours or vapours; therefore, it can also be applied in safety and autonomy back home. Furthermore, it does not require much investment in equipment nor materials. The ideal clay for electroforming is porcelain or stoneware as low temperature or refractory clays are not suitable for this technique. Electroforming and Porcelain is aimed at anyone approaching this technique for the first time; however, it is necessary to have some knowledge in making with clay. Students must be able to create autonomously small shapes in porcelain, the clay used in this course.

The programme

First, we start making objects and or jewellery in porcelain, with specific attention to detail, so to make them suitable for electroforming. Due to the timing of the course, the size of pieces may not exceed 5x5x5 cm. or 2 x 2 x 2 inches.  (The electroforming of a piece of this size takes 8 to 24 hours)  While back home, you will be able to electroform objects of any size.

Second, you will learn to prepare the copper plating bath and the conductive paint, then starting to coat the objects, deciding how much and which areas to cover with layers and encrustations in copper. In addition to coating porcelain with copper, we will test further materials like leaves, seeds or other small objects.

Finally, the last day will be dedicated to treatment and patination techniques of electroformed copper: polishing, protection from oxidation and creating the distinctive green-blue patina.

Logistics

There are 5 full working days in the studio. The workshop is open and teaching occurs  9 am to 5 pm. On every classday, a delicious midday 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 last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, please plan your travels so to not need to leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.

 

The artist

Luca Tripaldi  lives in Florence where he has his studio. After training in graphic design, he worked for ten years as a sculptor and set designer, making masks and special effects for renowned opera houses like The Scala in Milan and  The Arena of Verona. In 1998 he opened his own ceramic studio. He uses porcelain, preferring unglazed surfaces and is known for his  Contemporary Art Jewelry.  He conducts an intensive teaching activity, holding workshops throughout Europe and the United States. He never gets tired of experimenting and he dedicates particular attention to the pedagogical aspects, with the aim of making learning easier for his students.
www.lucatripaldi.com
Instagram @lucatripaldiporcelainandmore

 

Artist:

Luca Tripaldi

Date:

Sunday February 16 (arrival) – Saturday February 22 (departure ) 2025

Length of course

5 working days in the studio

Level

Some experience required

Technique

Porcelain, Surface techniques

Workshop fee (without lodging)

€ 1700

Deposit for booking

€ 500

Workshop fee with 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 1920
Standard accommodation in single room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 2100
Private apartment at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – 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.

Artist statement

I have experimented with different materials and various firing techniques, both at low and high temperature. My interest is focussed on high temperature and porcelain processing techniques; porcelain is the clay I use for sculpture, decorative objects and jewellery. I mostly glaze only parts with crystalline or dry glazes, in order to get strong contrasts. I like my Contemporary Art Jewellery black or white, decorated with ceramic transfers.  Although porcelain remains my favourite material, in recent years I have become passionate about resins, brass and electroforming, which I love to integrate into porcelain creations.

At booking, you may choose your preferred room type but depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.

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