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20-2021 – Curtis Benzle- Porcelain: Colour and Light

Porcelain: Colour and Light. Bowl with gold. Porcellana: Colore e luceCiotola di con oro
This course is available in spring 2022
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Colour and light: Celbrate the beauty and magic of colour and light, as it accentuates  form and energizes surfaces in translucent porcelain.

Tecniques taught

We will discuss the unique, light transmitting characteristics of vitreous porcelain and will follow up with an exploration of techniques used to incorporate colour and light into our artwork. Topics covered will include relief carving (lithophane), colour additions, coloured clay techniques and porcelain formulas. We will consider coloured, translucent porcelain in its many manifestations; sculpture, pottery (agateware or neriage), translucent lighting and jewelry.

Teaching method

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. Technical guidance and assistance, whatever it takes to help you bring out the best will always be available.


On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. Lodging is included as well. The workshop is suitable for all levels. A personal, well equipped working space in the main studio full of light is ad disposal for each student.

The artist

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. www.benzleporcelain.com



Curtis Benzle


May 16-22, 2021

Length of course

5 working days in the studio


Handbuilding, Porcelain


For all levels

Total cost:

€ 1500

Deposit for booking:

€ 400


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 euro 180 euro per week;
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 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.


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.


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