16-2022 – Curtis Benzle- Porcelain: Colour and Light

April 17 – 23 2022
The extraordinary potential of vitreous porcelain
 Handbuilding. For all

Porcelain: Colour and Light. Bowl with gold. Porcellana: Colore e luceCiotola di con oro


Porcelain: Colour and Light celebrates the beauty and magic of light, as it accentuates color, expands form and energizes surfaces in translucent porcelain.

Tecniques taught

Curtis Benzle will discuss the unique, light transmitting characteristics of vitreous porcelain and will follow up with an exploration of techniques used to colour and incorporate light into our artwork. Topics covered will include relief carving (lithophane), colour additions, colored clay techniques and porcelain formulas. In Porcelain: Colour and Light we will consider colored, 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 or technical guidance and assistance, whatever it takes to help you bring out the best.


On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. Lodging is included as well. The workshop is suitable for all levels.

The last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, therefore plan your travels so to not leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.

For participation, a  Covid 19 Vaccination Certificate is required.

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


April 17 – 23 2022

Length of course

5 working days in the studio




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 230 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
Final dinner
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.


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.