38A-2024 – Andreas Hinder – The Ceramic Animal

September 15 – 21 2024

Figurative sculpture and surface treatment.

Hand building. For all

Raven and Fox in conversation. Corvo e volpe in conversazione


The Ceramic Animal: In this workshop Andreas Hinder will share his wide experience of modelling the ceramic animal figure. Furthermore, tips and tricks for the successful building of an abstract or figurative sculpture are part of the topic as much as the search of a meaningful expression and of an appropriate surface design.

Techniques taught

How does a figure stand on its feet, being those two or four? Which static structure is at the base of the composition? Can we show posture, facial expression and movement of the ceramic animal?In which ways can we inspire the form with life? Which marks and textures do tell of skin, bristles or fur? These questions will be addressed and apropriate solutions shown. This is a workshop where Andreas Hinder will stimulate experimentation on various levels.

Teaching method

Participants are welcome to bring sketches for their own projects of a ceramic animal. The ideas will be worked out by means of smaller models / maquettes in two or three variations. Then the instructor will hold group demonstrations and, in one to one conversation with each participant, discuss the way of best realizing the projects. He will support each participant in the realization of their own work. Hinder will demonstrate his construction technique. first showing how a socket or the like is made and then build the figure from bottom to top, supporting the statics with temporary auxiliary walls. He will show how best joining parts to avoid future cracks and how to take off weight from the clay feet during the construction. Each participant will finish one or more small to medium size figures.

Furthermore, there will be information for building large, multi-part figures for outdoors, about the composition of engobes, firing curves, frost resistance, base solutions and many other questions that will arise during the workshop.


On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. Lodging is included as well. The workshop will be taught in english. The last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, therefore please plan your travels so to not leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.

The artist

Andreas Hinder trained as a ceramicist and ceramic designer in Höhr Grenzhausen. Since 1994 he has his own studio where he works as a full time artist. His distinctive animal sculptures are built in stoneware, with a variety of surface structures and finishing. Small and large sculptures for indoors and frost prof sculptures for outdoors are found in many private and public collections. They fit into the tradition of the artistic representation of the animal that reflect human attitude, without depriving it of its dignity. www.andreas-hinder-keramik.de


Andreas Hinder


Sunday September 15 (arrival) – September Saturday 21 (departure) 2024

Length of course

5 working days in the studio


Handbuilding, Sculpture


For all levels

Total cost:

€ 1850

Deposit for booking:

€ 500

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;
Lodging in shared double room in apartments of simple standard at maximum 15 minutes walking distance.
Single room and/or upgraded accommodation on request, at additional fee. All apartment types have shared kitchen and shared bathroom facilities. Please note that at times, not all room types may be available.
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 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.

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.

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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