July 4 – 10, 2021
The use of clay, resin and metal for jewellery and sculpture
Hand building. Advanced
Basic metal techniques in combination with resins and silicones and clay open up inclredible possibilities for the creation of sophisticated jewellery and precious objects.. We will jpin brass, silver, epoxy resins and ceramic components.
People not particularly interested in jewellery making may, once learned the techniques, apply those to create bigger objects or sculpture. The possibility to integrate metal structures and elements in resin with ceramics is increasingly appreciated and explored by ceramists. Colour and transparency are peculiar to resins to an extent that is not found in ceramics, while metal adds strength and can embellish, protect and support a ceramic shape.
Regarding jewellery, we will tackle brazing in its various applications, making rings, closures, chains and bases for pins and cage structures. Firstly, we will start from brass and silver wires and plates, the metals used in the course. Secondly, we will experiment with the use of silicone for making molds in which to cast resin. Furthermore, we will learn how to modify the resin in its density, color, transparency, hardness and surface structure and how to include various materials. We will make both solid shapes or just delicate shells. Most of the exercises will focus on the basic processing techniques of the two mixed media materials; others are specifically aimed to investigate the possibilities offered by their combination.
Studio space and logistics
This course is taught to a small group of eight students. The equipment furnished during the course is easy to find at a reasonable cost, once back home. Students will discover that to set up a well-equipped workstation at home, an investment of approximately 300-500 euros is sufficient.
Luca Tripaldi was born in Turin, Italy, where he currently lives and 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”.
DATE: July 4 – 10, 2021
LEVEL: Handbuilding. For advanced
TOTAL PRICE: EURO 1500
DEPOSIT FOR BOOKING: EURO 500
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 220 euros
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.