29A-2023 – Karima Duchamp – Sign and Colour

July 16 – 22 2023

Using high temperature engobes in a painterly way

For the intermediate level

29A-2023 – Karima Duchamp – Sign and Colour


In Sign and Colour, we will approach the use of colour in a playful way.  Allowing time to build, experiment, contemplate and reflect together, we will learn to make and use vitreous engobes, exploring and developing personal ideas for decorating techniques.

Techniques taught

First, participants will make three simple forms with slab building technique: a cylinder vase, a square vase and a bowl. After that, decorating techniques will be taught and applied on tiles, so to fully understand them.  This will include technical and practical aspects:  how to make gradient colors to be used as a background, how to use masking tape and paper stamps. Each participant will be able to develop his own palette of engobes. These practices will enrich the decoration and let emerge motifs, patterns and stories.  On a different side, sketching, painting, and drawing will help participants to release and open-up their gestures. The final pieces will be fired to 1260° .

Aims of the course

Sign and Colour is open to students wishing to discover colored high temperatures engobes to be applied in a painterly way. Through the instructors’ guidance, students will develop their creative work with an inspiration board set up to develop their personal ideas of decoration and own palette of colours. Some experience with clay is desirable but the course is open also to painters.

Teaching method

Karima will teach her unique technique of decorating with layering of colored engobes. She will lead the students through voice and technical guidance and let them experiment with the engobes. She will pay particular attention in following the students both collectively, through interaction between the participants, and individually, by pointing out artistic references as the work develops. Slowing down the process will be a further method to find personal touches and a kind of personal voice. Karima will show a presentation of her works, explaining her transition from painting to painting on ceramics in addition to some artist videos and websites references to find inspiration in other artistic practices.


Students will study in the beautiful environment of La Meridiana, hosted in nearby accommodation and a full meal will be served on all course days. The last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, plan your travels so to not leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.

The artist

Karima Duchamp is a ceramist and a visual artist based in France. She received her M.A. in Fine Arts with honors from Beaux-Arts School in Besançon.  She has been working in ceramics and painting, techniques that she likes to combine. Karima Duchamp builds up thin slabs of clay in geometric shapes to create ceramic painterly sculptures with alluring silhouettes and landscapes that evoke emotion on the surfaces. Karima Duchamp’s body of work has won multiple awards and has been included in numerous solo and group shows like The Salon Art+Design in New York, Art Basel Design in Miami and Art Basel in Basel. Her work is included in public collections such as Ariana Museum in Geneva, Yingge Ceramic Museum in Taipei City and Siegburg Ceramic Museum in Germany. She is a Member of the International Academy of Ceramics and continues her ceramic explorations through artistic residencies worldwide. https://www.karimaduchamp.net 



Karima Duchamp


July 16 – 22 2023

Length of course

5 working days in the studio


Handbuilding, Surface techniques


For all levels


€ 400


€ 1550


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.