May 16-22 2021
The extraordinary potential of vitreous porcelain
Handbuilding. For all
Celbrate the beauty and magic of light, as it accentuates color, expands form and energizes surfaces in translucent porcelain.
We will discuss the unique, light transmitting characteristics of vitreous porcelain and will follow up with an exploration of techniques used to color and incorporate light into our artwork.
Topics covered will include relief carving (lithophane), color additions, colored clay techniques and porcelain formulas, as we consider colored, translucent porcelain in its many manifestations; sculpture, pottery (agateware or neriage), translucent lighting and jewelry.
Mornings will be devoted to exploration, demonstrations and technical discussions aimed at unlocking mysteries, expanding knowledge and empowering creativity. Afternoons will be devoted to making your quiet, personal experimentation or technical guidance and assistance, whatever it takes to help you bring out the best.
Curtis Benzle has developed and used colored, translucent porcelain for forty years. His signature artworks are translucent, sculptural vessels and architectural lighting. They are represented in major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art/NYC, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Seto(Japan) Cultural Center and Taipei(Taiwan) County Yingge Ceramics Museum.
Curtis has received Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Dimensional Studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH). Curtis is a former Trustee of the American Craft Council and past Board President and Executive Director Ohio Designer Craftsmen.
DATE: May 16-22, 2021
LEVEL: Handbuilding. For all
TOTAL PRICE: EURO 1500
DEPOSIT FOR BOOKING: EURO 500
The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day
Studio open 12 hours per day
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request at additional fee of 220 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
Freshly prepared three course lunch with wine on all working days
Coffee break in the mornings and in the evenings
Payment and Cancellation 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.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different course of your choice. The voucher is valid for two years. The deposit will be transferred to the new course.