5A 2024 – Riccardo Gori – Haiku Vessels

January 28 – February 3 2024

Expressive ceramics with a poetic feel

For intermediate and advanced

5A 2024 – Riccardo Gori  – Haiku Vessels


Since many years the throwing of objects with clays of different colours has occupied an important place in Riccardo Gori’s production. As in a Haiku poem, these vessels capture the mutability of nature.

The technique

The Haiku vessels are not as usual first thrown and then decorated but the two aspects originate while the vase is thrown on the wheel. Neither will we use the system of mixing clays of different colours before throwing, as with that technique we could not determine the position of the final decoration. With Riccardo Gori’s method, we will learn to create vases with a well-defined clay colour and design and textures of different colours emerging in the planned spots. At the end, the vase may be further deformed. What matters is the immediacy of the creative process. The final step will be the cleaning of the piece, to remove the slight film of coloured clay that forms on the surface during the throwing phase.
After once firing the Haiku vessels in the kiln… we will have our Ceramic Poem.


Through practical demonstrations and individual attention, Riccardo Gori will transmit an exhaustive amount of information.  Learning the precise control of the various phases of throwing, furthermore understanding the consistency and the application of the clays will be central in creating Haiku Vases that reflect the maker’s view.


The course is taught in Italian and English. A  delicious lunch will be served every day and acommodation is included in the price. This course is designed for the intermediate and advanced level.

The Artist

Riccardo Gori was born in Florence. After studies in Geology, in 1982 he started his training in ceramics, earning the diploma of Master of Throwing. By collaborating with artists, masters and historical workshops in Tuscany and Faenza he has expanded his knowledge of traditional and innovative techniques on the wheel and in glazing. He likes to teach in schools and educational workshops. In 2002 he opened his own studio, where he produces stoneware and porcelain objects and sculptures. In collaboration with his wife Silvia Ferraro he designs porcelain jewels with crystalline glazes. His work is shown in galleries in Italy and Europe and has been published in Ceramic Reviewwww.ceramichegori.it


Riccardo Gori


Sunday January 28 ( arrival) – Saturday February 3 (departure) 2024




Some experience required

Deposit for booking:

€ 500

Total price:



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.

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; single room on request at additional fee of 260 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.