21-2023 – Michael Kline – Brushwork and Soda Surface

May 21 – June 3 2023

Throwing, brushwork and soda firing. Non beginners

Detail of Brushwork and Soda Surface on jug. Dettaglio di brocca con pennellate e pattern


Pattern is all around us!  Through brushwork and soda surface  we pay tribute to the beauty of nature and its inspiring patterns. How do we translate that beauty into our pottery? In this intensive, two-week workshop we will set out on this quest in the Tuscan countryside and bring its inspiration to our pots!

Brushwork and Soda Surface Techniques

We will start at the wheel, making a variety of functional forms large and small, as well as plates and platters. These are a natural canvas for brushwork and sodasurface.

All the while, we’ll practice brushwork through individual and group painting exercises and so that we can translate those marks onto our pots with resists, underglaze, and flashing slips. To bring a personal touch, we’ll make our own brushes, and learn basic brush techniques using wax resists and flashing slips for the soda kiln, paying special attention to the way patterns can enhance form, and how the finished soda  surface can enhance function and food presentation.

Teaching Method

We will seek to recognize the joy in creativity and will gain a better understanding of how form, brushwork and sodasurface can come together to make the complete pot full of passion and personality. We will take the opportunity to let us inspire by the surrounding beauty. A basic knowledge of throwing or hand-building techniques is required.


On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. Lodging is included as well. The workshop is suitable for all levels.A fieldtrip to the Chianti countryside with wine and tastings is part of the course.

The Artist and instructor of Brushwork and Soda Surface

Michael Kline. PortraitMichael Kline is a full time studio potter from Bakersville, North Carolina. He received his Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee/Knoxville and was artist in residence at the Penland School of Crafts from 1998-2001. His work can be seen in several museum collections. He was featured in the instructional video, “The Brush & The Wheel” produced by Ceramics Arts Daily. Known to many as a social media maven, Michael has a natural impulse to share. Michael shares his aesthetics and techniques at workshops across the country and has taught at many of the major craft schools.  www.klinepottery.com



Michael Kline


May 21 – June 3 2023

Length of course

10 working days in the studio


Surface techniques, Throwing


Some experience required

Totale cost:

2800 Euro

Deposit for booking:

€ 800



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 double room; single room on request at additional fee of 230 euro 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.

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.


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.