30A-2022 Sara Kirschen – Paperclay with Porcelain
July 17 – 23 2022
The fascination of lightness and transparency
Handbuilding. For all
The appeal of paperclay with porcelain derives from its excellent properties. By inserting fibre into the ceramic mixture, it becomes very workable and therefore lends itself to a wide variety of approaches. Paperclay with porcelain, as used in this course, enhances the transparency of the porcelain further and allows for the making of very thin objects and extravagant shapes, almost impossible to achieve with other materials.
During the five full working days of the workshop, a variety of paperclay techniques will be addressed: Liquid paperclay applied in various ways, paperclay with porcelain worked at the plastic state, use of slabs, at the plastic and dry state. To create shapes, we may use molds and cardboard supports. Furthermore, coloured paperclay will allow for beautiful effects. The techniques lend itself for the making of decorative objects including jewellery.
Guided by the instructor, everyone will be able to express their creativity making light and sophisticated objects At the end of the course, everyone will have a rather broad knowledge of the techniques and potential of paperclay with porcelain. Some pieces will be bisqued and glaze fired, others once fired to high temperature. The course is open to all levels of knowledge. Beginners may approach this material successfully, whereas the more experienced will find stimuli through the unusual possibilities the material offers.
The course lasts five full working days and at every lunch, a delicious meal is served. The last kiln opening will be in the morning of Saturday, plan your travels so to not leave La Meridiana before 9.30 am.
Sara Kirschen was born in Rome in 1975. After earning a degree in sociology, in the early nineties she discovered a profound interest in the art of ceramics. Self taught, she is now a professional potter and teacher. In the past, she has attended workshops at La Meridiana, and assisted many artists, among others Susan Nemeth. Versatile with different techniques, coloured porcelain has become her favourite means of expression. www.sarakirschen.it
July 17 – 23 2022
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For all levels
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 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.
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, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. The building is sanitized and the daily maintenance of hygiene measures is guaranteed. To acess the courses, students need to have a valid Green pass or equivalent document. Please note that participants are will be required to follow the security protocol and to comply with some simple precautions.