33A-2024- Sara Kirschen – Coloured Porcelain Techniques

August 11 – 17 2024

A versatile technique for fine visual and tactile sensations.

Handbuilding. For all levels

Sara Kirschen. Inlaid porcelain


We will use porcelain techniques and colour to create small objects where the surface decoration is integral to the object. The colours are soft and opaque and the surface, only obtainable with porcelain, is smooth and silky.

Techniques taught

The porcelain techniques are based on the use of stained porcelain slabs that are laminated, cut and overlapped. Subsequently, intervening in a variety of ways, we will obtain random or structured patterns. Likewise, Nerikomi or millefiori elements, as well as liquid slips can be applied, allowing for further visual impact. When finished the slabs, these  will then be made into simple objects. for this, we may use plaster moulds or  use simple slab building techniques. After the bisq firing, pieces will be polished finely and prepared for the final firing and then fired, worked again with sandpaper to get the very smooth and silky surface.

Teaching method

All processes will be shown with demos and revised with comprehensive technical explanations. Starting from a small project, students will make several objects, followed by the instructor who will give individual attention to each participant.


Students will study in the beautiful environment of La Meridiana, hosted in nearby accommodation and a full meal will be served on all course days. The last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, plan your travels so to not leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.

The Artist

Sara Kirschen was born in Rome in 1975. After taking a degree in sociology, in the early nineties she discovered a profound interest in the art of pottery- making. Self taught, she is now a professional potter and teacher. In the past, she has attended workshops at La Meridiana, and assisted many artists, among others Susan Nemeth. Versatile with different techniques, coloured porcelain has become her favourite means of expression. www.sarakirschen.it


Sara Kirschen


Sunday August 11 (arrival) – Saturday August 17 (departire) 2024

Length of course

5 working days in the studio


Handbuilding, Porcelain


For all levels

Total cost:

Euro 1850

Deposit for booking:

Euro 400

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.


La Meridiana is equipped to comply with the current safety standards regarding Covid-19, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. The daily maintenance of hygiene measures is guaranteed.  Please note that participants will be required to follow the security protocol and to comply with some simple precautions.

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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