13A-2024 – Luca Tripaldi – The Blossom Session

March 17 – 30 2024

Porcelain Jewellery and Goldsmithing

For the intermediate level

13A-2024 – Luca Tripaldi – The Blossom Session

Introduction

The Blossom Session takes place during the lovely spring season and is a chance to learn how to make jewelry in porcelain, finished with goldsmithing elements in brass. In addition to working with porcelain, students will learn how to make metal settings. Now an opportunity to join this course, that is offered for the first time and of which the first session sold ot.

Techniques

The course is designed for those who already make porcelain jewelry and wish to acquire knowledge of goldsmithing for their craft. In addition to studying methods of making and decorating porcelain elements, students will learn basic techniques of goldsmithing, patination and metal plating. Students will achieve full autonomy in the creation of distinguished, refined jewels for themselves or for their clients.

Duration

The duration of two weeks allows for the making of both the porcelain elements and the metal settings. During an excursion to Florence at the end of the first week, students will visit specialized supply stores selected by the teacher. If desired, they may purchase for themselves additional materials and tools such as those used during the course.  Luca Tripaldi will also give a demonstration on goldsmithing in his private studio in the historical center of Florence. Those who wish can extend their stay in Florence over the weekend, as there will be no teaching on Saturday and Sunday.

Programme

In the Blossom Session, students will first make prototype brass settings, to be completed with readymade porcelain elements provided by the school. This basic knowledge of the goldsmith’s art will allow students to then create appropriate settings for their own designs of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and brooches. After investigating how to shape porcelain elements to accurately fit the metal settings, students will start producing their own jewelry projects. The last day of the course will be dedicated to the patination and the plating of brass, which is the metal predominantly used for settings. Those who wish can also make some silver settings, but will have to buy the silver at their own expense from the suppliers in Florence.

Logistics

A maximum of eight participants can be accepted into this course in order that each student can have a generous workspace and the chance to interact closely with the instructor, drawing on his extensive experience. Teaching hours are from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The studio is open from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.

On every class day a delicious midday meal will be served. Lodging  is included as well.

The artist

Luca Tripaldi was born in Turin, Italy. Currently he lives  in Florence where he has his studio. After training in graphic design, he worked for ten years in Mario Audello Studios as a sculptor, making masks and special effects for many opera houses like “Scala di Milano” and “Arena di Verona”. In 1998 he opened his own ceramics studio in Turin. He uses porcelain, preferring unglazed surfaces or only glazed in some parts with crystalline glazes and dry glazes, in order to get strong contrasts. The most part of his jewels are in black or white porcelain, decorated with ceramic transfers. He conducts an intensive teaching activitie, holding workshops throughout Europe and the United States. He writes a technical ceramic column for the Italian ceramic magazin ”La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo”. www.lucatripaldi.com

Artist:

Luca Tripaldi

Date:

Sunday March 17 (arrival) – Saturday March 30 (departure) 2024

Length of course

9 giorni nello studio più escursione

Level:

Some experience required

Technique:

Jewellery, Porcelain

Total cost:

€ 2900

Deposit for booking:

Euro 800

AVAILABLE!

Info

The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6,5 hours per day;
All materials and firings;
Excursion to Florence;
Lodging in double room; single room on request at additional fee of 230 euros. per week;
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.

 Cancellations
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 one year. The deposit will be transferred to the workshop of choice.

Safety

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.