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40A-2020 – Martin Mindermann – Raku. A Tribute to Colour and Craquelé

40A-2020 – Martin Mindermann – Raku. A Tribute to Colour and Craquelé
September 27- October 3, 2020
Glazing, decoration and firing techniques. Some experience required


Over the past 50 years, raku firing techniques have developed enormously, offering a wide range of surface possibilities. In this workshop, we will explore the aesthetic possibilities of combining coloured glazes, smoke effects, the use of stencils and the application of gold leaves and copper.

Techniques taught

Martin Mindermann pays tribute to shape, structure and colour. The surface of his vessels offer the space for a rhythmic interplay of vivid elements, inserted into the craquelé-structure achieved with the Raku firing. He will teach his method of painting and spraying of mixed and ready-made glazes. What makes his work outstanding is the use of stencils, copper and gold leaves. Therefore, students will have the opportunity to experiment with those elements.  At the end, the Raku firing, “a cultivated form of pyromania” as Mindermann likes to call it, is a powerful and decisive moment for the outcome of each piece.

Teaching method

Making will cover the first part of the workshop. Furthermore, in order to experiment extensively, students will be asked to bring some bisqued work, preferably with flat surfaces that lend themselves beautifully to the work with stencil. Several Raku firings will provide sufficient time and opportunity to understand the technique.

Studio space and logistics

Group size is of maximum 10 participants. Participants should have a basic experience of working with clay and a basic knowledge of fundamental concepts in ceramics. The course is taught in English.

The artist

Martin Mindermann was born in Bremen. After his studies, he started to work as a potter in 1990. Since 2006, he runs his own studio in Oyten. He has demonstrated and taught workshops internationally and lectures at the Academy of Arts of Bremen since 2005. He has won many Art prizes; his work is found in public collections in Europe, Asia and America and featured in many publications.  He regularly shows his work in galleries and international exhibitions .http://www.martin-mindermann.de

DATE: September 27- October 3, 2020

LEVEL: Glazing, decoration and firing techniques. Some experience required



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Additional info

The course 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, add 200 euros
Welcome dinner, welcome breakfast and final dinner
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days

Payment - Refund Policy

A deposit is required upon registration. After submitting the registration form, you may proceed with the on-line payment of the deposit.  If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the registration will be confirmed upon accreditation of the deposit 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 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, the deposit will be fully refunded through the same system it was paid. (on-line or with banking wiring.)
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.

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