20A-2025-Frances Savage – Throwing Marathon

May 11 – 17 2025
Unlimited clay and the wheel

Throwing. For all levels

20A-2025-Frances Savage – Throwing Marathon


Throwing Marathon – back to the starting line again!
There have been many sucessful editions of this classical course and it is still in great demand. This workshop consists of a five intensive days on the wheel, with t
ons of clay available.

Techniques taught

Starting with a revison of the basics, the Throwing Marathon continues with demonstrations on the wheel of different forms, including bowls, cups, plates, vases and pitchers. Then, techniques for completing some of the work like trimming, pulling handles, addition of feet, will be shown. On the wheel we’ll be pulling and pushing, altering forms, cutting and adding clay. Round pots, oval pots, square pots, handles, spouts, lids, wings and horns!

Teaching method

Teaching is based on demonstrations and much individual attention. Throughout the well structured programme, each session will provide new inputs and stimulus. Students will have plenty of time to practise all techniques shown and find inspiration in the on site ceramic gallery that shows a wide range of ceramic pots and vases.The Throwing Marathon does not include any firing but focusses totally on the making. It opens up a perspective of worryfree training and experimenting and is a great opportunity for real progress. Video clips for individual repetition of all techniques shown will be available to all students.


On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. At booking, you may select your preferred room type, choosing between standard lodging, single room and/or upgraded accommodation. Please note that depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.

The Artist

Frances Savage is a studio potter based in Manchester. She completed the 2 years course at Clay College, Stoke on Trent, an intensive course designed to teach the craft of pottery to a new generation. Afterwards she spent time at La Meridiana as a teaching assistant, guiding students in the 3-month intensive ceramics course ON CENTRE. She currently makes pots in her own studio and teaches pottery at Sunken Studio Leeds. https://www.francessavage.co.uk


Frances Savage


Sunday May 11 (arrival) – Saturday May 17 ( departure) 2025




For all levels

Workshop fee:

€ 1530

Deposit for booking

€ 500

Workshop fee with lodging

The costs listed include both: the workshop fee and the lodging. 
Standard accommodation in shared double room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 1720
Standard accommodation in single room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 1950
Course without lodging Euro 1550

Artist Statement

“I love to make pots that are joyful to use as part of everyday rituals and encourage a sense of comfort and warmth. I am a great admirer of Medieval pottery and hope to create friendly forms in an expressive manner, with generous curves, slipped surfaces and playful handles. I am fascinated with people’s relationships to material objects and like to leave traces of the maker to encourage a dialogue with the user.”

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;
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.

Choose the accommodation you prefer: