01-2022 – On Centre – FULL

January 2 – March 26 2022

This course is full. Applicaation for the edition of 2023 will open in April of 2022

01-2022 – On Centre – FULL


On Centre is aimed at committed people who wish to develop in-depth skills for a professional approach to clay with focused training and instruction about material and processes.  As a result, students will improve their throwing skills and visual awareness consistently.


The primary aim of the intensive course On Centre is to help participants achieve confidence and fluency, which comes from the ability to efficiently throw items in quantity. Secondly, participants will explore the possibilities  of high fire materials, so that they can be select, adapt and use them with competence.  Through continuous training, worki in a small group of eight participants and one-on-one attention from the instructors, sudents will achieve  consistent progress at an individual pace. Furthermore, the exchange  of information and the discussion within the group will contribute to the active learning environment.


Students will  stay and study in the supportive environment of La Meridiana, with logistics like lodging, transportation and lunch taken care of. They will have a generous working space at their disposal. On every working day, a delicious lunch will be served. A  foremost ceramicists of wide experience will tutor the selected group of eight students.


Richard Phethean is a graduate of the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, and further trained in the studios of tutors Colin Pearson and Janice Tchalenko. He is a is a long established professional potter whose work is exhibited and collected widely in the UK and Europe. As a Fellow of, and recently retired as Chair of the Craft Potters Association, a member of the Cornwall Crafts Association and of the Penwith Society of Artists,  Richard has been a leading professional and inspiring instructor for many young ceramists. Richard’s broad pottery teaching experience spans forty years. http://www.richardphethean.co.uk

“New Ceramics – Throwing” , published 2012, Richard’s well regarded and comprehensive book on throwing technique,



January 2 – March 26 2022




For all levels

Total cost:

Please ask for information at info@lameridiana.fi.it


Application procedure for ON CENTRE

 January – March every year


On Centre is  an in depth, twelve weeks experience on throwing, glazing, clay bodies and firing techniques for functional ceramics.  To get the most out of this course  demands a high level of commitment and sustained work. The only prerequisite is that you have sufficient experience of throwing (which may only be slight) to be certain you wish to undertake the programme. To get an understanding of the results to expect, you may visit the virtual show of a former edition.

The programme can accomodate a maximum of 8 students. In order to attend, application is required.

Application Procedure

Please send the following to claudia@lameridiana.fi.it

– CV, including a photo of yourself
– A brief letter stating your reasons for wanting to do the course.
– Six to ten images of your work.

Please do send these documents in PDF  format.

Any interested people may wish to telephone to discuss their interest +39 3772709500 or  email: claudia@lameridiana.fi.it 


Application is ongoing and and will be processed within one month of receiving the application.


The full cost of the course is of 10800 €.

The cost includes:

  • Tuition
  • All materials and firing
  • Local transportation
  • Lodging in a single room with shared bathroom
  • Shared  kitchen space
  • Welcome dinner and breakfast.
  • Lunches, Monday through Friday.
  • Field trip to Faenza and Impruneta


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 single room
Freshly prepared three course lunch with wine on all working days
Coffee break in the mornings and in the evenings

Cancellation Policy

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. However, if the vacant if the vacant spot can be filled by a new participant, La Meridiana will reimburse the deposits paid.

If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, the deposit will be fully refunded.

If a you cannot participate to the course because of Covid19 related reasons, the deposit will be refunded minus an administration fee of 60 euros.

La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a different course with similar characteristics and, in case of your acceptance, 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.