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31-2021 – John Colbeck & Franco Rampi – Stoneware and the Art of the Wheel

31-2021 – John Colbeck & Franco Rampi – Stoneware and the Art of the Wheel
August 1 – 14, 2021
A two weeks training on the wheel with two exceptional potters and educators.
Throwing. For all levels



People throw, and always have, with a variety of intentions. Some focus on form and its surface, others focus on objects of function and yet others use thrown form as a support for graphic ideas – and, often, these three interests may overlap.

Techniques taught

The central focus of the course is throwing but a related focus is the range of ways thrown objects may be finished. Our aim is that, within the framework of the course, the distinct needs of different interests, and differing levels of experience, from complete beginners through to advanced students, will be met through individual and group teaching.

Teching method

Each morning and afternoon session will begin with a demonstration to the group. Participants may then work in relation to those demonstrations or pursue their particular interests – in both cases with the attention and support of the teacher.
The sequence of throwing demonstrations will cover a wide range of forms -from flat to spherical, from fluidly curvaceous to austerely angular and from simple to complex – and a range of scale, from small to large. Teapots, jugs and the simplest of forms will all be shown. The course will use a finely grogged throwing clay of excellent working qualities, evolved in a programme of experiment at La Meridiana, ideally suitable both for beginners and more fluent throwers. The sequence of demonstrations on surface and mark making processes will cover a range of possibilities using clay, slip and glaze.

Materials and logistics

Work will be finished in the gas reduction kilns at 1285C (2345F) (Cone 10). Most of the dry work will be bisqued and a selection of this will be glazed and fired. 
The practical work of the course will be complemented by two illustrated talks about the variety of visual and material qualities evident in contemporary and historical ceramics, and by one illustrated technical talk on stoneware glazes and firing. 

The artists

John Colbeck has taught full and part time at Ceramics degree courses in the UK throughout his working life and was for many years Head of Ceramics at Bath Academy of Art and, in addition, has taught many short courses and given lectures and seminars in the UK and abroad.
He is author of “Pottery, the Technique of Throwing” (1969), “Pottery, Techniques of Decoration” (1983) (both of these still available as Classic reprints from Axner Supplies USA) and “Pottery Materials” (1988).
He produces unglazed, polished thrown forms in stoneware and porcelain


Franco Rampi was born in Domodossola. He started working as a potter in 1981. After an apprenticeship in England and a cycle of studies in Italy he opened his own studio in Tuscany.
He produces both functional objects in small series and one off pieces. He works mainly in stoneware, whilst continuing his research on clays, slips and forms.
For ten years he has been teaching and collaborating with La Meridiana, and assisting John Colbeck in throwing and long term courses.www.francorampi.it

DATE: August 1 – 14, 2021

LEVEL: Throwing. For all levels



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Franco Rampi


July 25 – August 3, 2019


Throwing. For beginners and intermediate


Euro 1600,00


Euro 800,00


The workshop fee includes the following:
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room, single room on request, supplement Euro  400
Welcome dinner, final dinner  and welcome breakfast
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days.

Payment - 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.

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