31-2022 – Franco Rampi – Summer Throwing II

July 28 – August 6 2022

Intensive training, comunity and fun

Throwing. For beginners and intermediate
31-2022 – Franco Rampi – Summer Throwing II


Summer throwing II is eight full working days with five days of intensive throwing training, followed by three days dedicated to glazing and decorating. There will be much individual attention for each students.

Techniques taught

In this couse we will  approach the fundamental throwing techniques on the wheel. In Summer throwing, the practice of different ways of manipulating clay, from preparation to throwing and finishing processes will expand familiarity with the medium.. We will start with cylinders, and then make bowls, jugs and mugs. Adding handles and spouts will complete the methods taught. The throwing section will finish with a review of trimming skills. We will spend three full days with glazing, allowing for much calm in this final step of the making.

Teaching method

Starting with exhaustive demos, the participants will have ample time for training and making on the wheel. An important aspect is to familiarize with the various glazes and the glazing process. In fact,in summer Throwing,  students will learn  to perform the glazing process in a confident manner by dipping or pouring the glaze. We will use a stoneware clay and fire in the gas kiln in reduction atmosphere to cone ten. Most of the dry work will be bisqued and a selection of this will be glazed and fired.


On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. Lodging is included as well. This class is suitable for all levels. On the last day of the course ( August 6th ) students must plan to  leave the school not before 9:30 am, as there will be a last kiln opening.

For participation, a Covid 19 Vaccination Certificate is required.

The Artist

Franco Rampi was born in Domodossola. He started working as a potter in 1981. After an apprenticeship in England and a cycle of studies in Italy he opened his own studio in Tuscany. He produces both functional objects in small series and one off pieces. He works mainly in stoneware, whilst continuing his research on clays, slips and forms. For ten years he has been teaching and collaborating with La Meridiana, and assisting John Colbeck in throwing and long term courses. www.francorampi.it


Franco Rampi


July 28 – August 6 2022

Length of course

10 working days in the studio




For all levels


Euro 1900

Deposit for booking:

Euro 600


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.


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; single room on request at additional fee of 230 euros per week;
Shared kitchen facilities and shared bathroom.
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.


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.