16A-2025 – Paula Murray – Slip Casting Reimagined

April 13 – 26  2025

Using moulds as a starting point

Some experience desirable- no experience with slip casting necessary

16A-2025 – Paula Murray – Slip Casting Reimagined

Introduction

Open yourself to the possibilities and potential of working with the slip casting process. Far from associations with repetitive industrial processes, we will use moulds as a point of departure for your ideas. Paula will share her unique process of achieving organic undulating forms out of a smooth mould.

Techniques taught

We will discuss good mould design, and learn about slip casting, including the making and caring for a good casting slip. We will make a simple cast form and then delve into the possibilities of incorporating fibreglass into the casting process.  Techniques of how to control, work with movement as the work dries and successfully support the work during firing will be covered. Pieces will be fired at the end of the first week so glazing and subsequent firings can proceed, leading to a discussion of our finished work on the final day.

Teaching method

Students will be individually supported as they pursue their projects. Paula believes that a deep understanding of materials and processes serves our creativity. She thinks about process as a relationship, a dialogue between the maker and material, where looking and listening leads to discovery. Interspersed with practical demonstrations she will engage with students about finding our voice and enhancing our search for meaning in what we do. Included will be a slide show on the evolution of her practice and a day-long field trip.

Logistics

On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. At booking, you may select your preferred room type, choosing between standard lodging, single room and/or upgraded accommodation. Please note that depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered. During the two weeks, there will be some inspirational fieldtrips that are included in the cost. The workshop is crafted for intermediate-level potters, but less experienced potters can be accommodated.

About the Artist

Paula was studying science when she discovered clay. Switching programs, a new world opened up to her where she was fascinated by how we learned about people through the ceramics they made. Opening her first studio in 1980, her distinctive work has taken her around the world exhibiting in France, Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan and the US. She has been a resident artist in the High Arctic and Jingdezhen China. Passionate about sharing her love of clay, she has led a team in the creation of a community studio in her home of Chelsea, Quebec. A frequent teacher of workshops in Canada she is thrilled to be coming to La Meridiana. www.paulamurray.ca

Artist:

Paola Murray

Date:

Sunday April 13 (arrival) – Saturday April 26 (departure) 2025

Length of course

10 working days in the studio

Technique

Slip casting

Level

Some experience required

Workshop fee without lodging:

Euro € 3280

Deposit for booking:

Euro 900

Bookings for the 2025 Courses open on June 1st 2024

Workshop fee with lodging

The costs listed include both: the workshop fee and the lodging. 

Standard accommodation in shared double room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 3780
Standard accommodation in single room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 4280
Upgraded accommodation in shared double room with use of swimming pool, 8 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana : Final course cost Euro 4180
Upgraded accommodation in single room with use of swimming pool, 8 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana: Final course cost: Euro 4540
Private appartment on the grounds of La Meridiana with one bedroom, kitchen, bath and outdoor space. Final course cost: Euro 4680
Course without lodging Euro 3280

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 two years. The deposit will be transferred to the workshop of choice.

Additional information

The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day;
Studio open 11 hours per day;
All materials and firings;
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.

Artist statement

My practice is rooted in the relationship between process, material and meaning. I am drawn to how these ceramic materials and processes have affinities with the human condition. How we respond and engage with the injury of experience – within, with each other. By embracing wounds, deeper meaning can be brought to our lives, transforming suffering into something worthy, sensuous and beautiful. In my exploration of the metaphor of fracture lies the potential of a coherent whole.