37-2024 – Susan Nemeth – Inlaid Coloured Porcelain for Intermediate and Advanced

September 8 – 14 2024

Intriguing designs and satin like surfaces without glaze

Handbuilding. Nerikomi

37-2024 – Susan Nemeth – Inlaid Coloured Porcelain for Intermediate and Advanced


In the course Inlaid Coloured Porcelain for Intermediate and Advanced we will explore in detail how to control line, blocks of colour, and half tones. The course is open to those who have participated in one of Susan Nemeth’s Nerikomi courses or are familiar with the basics of the technique. Using various techniques of working with layers of coloured slips and porcelains you will learn to create subtle pattern and imagery.

Techniques taught

In Inlaid Coloured Porcelain for Intermediate and Advanced Susan Nemeth teaches a unique method of decoration. Firstly, laminated sheets of coloured clays, inlaid with pattern or imagery will be lightly beaten, rolled and stretched, then formed into shape. Working from your own images, we will find the best ways to adapt ideas for porcelain collages. The inlaid coloured porcelain slabs will be used to create bowls, vases and/or wall plaques formed by press moulding or with slab-building methods. Buried in sand to prevent warping, the work will be high fired to cone 10, to create a smooth, satin like, matt and vitrified surface.

Teaching method

In this class students will learn how to make and use many layers of clays and slips; and how to control the distortion of the pattern, which actually becomes a tool for beautiful effects. The taught techniques will include cutting or rubbing through the layers to reveal the hidden colours. We will learn how the use of coloured slips beneath the inlays can form both, very fine and bold outlines and furthermore, how rubbing around these areas creates subtle grades of colour. We will work with half-tone effects and shading with coloured slips and additionally emphasise revealing the decorative edge strata.


On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. Lodging is included as well. The workshop is suitable for all levels.Last kiln opening will be on Saturday morning, please plan your travels accodingly, without having to leave the school before 9:30 am.

The Artist

Susan Nemeth is a porcelain artist whose practice began over forty years ago. She trained at Bournville School of Art, Wolverhampton Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. The strongly graphic textile and ceramic designs of the 1950’s and 60’s inspire her inlaid work as well as the various painters including Henri Matisse, Ben Nicholson, Paul Klee and Eva Hesse. She has been awarded internationally and is mentioned in many publications. Her studio is in London and she continues to exhibit internationally. www.susannemeth.co.uk


Susan Nemeth


Sunday September 8 (arrival) – Saturday September 14 (departure) 2024

Length of course

5 working days in the studio


Handbuilding, Porcelain


Advanced, Some experience required


Euro 1850

Deposit for booking:

Euro 500

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;
Lodging in shared double room in apartments of simple standard at maximum 15 minutes walking distance.
Single room and/or upgraded accommodation on request, at additional fee. All apartment types have shared kitchen and shared bathroom facilities. Please note that at times, not all room types may be available.
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 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.


La Meridiana is equipped to comply with the current safety standards regarding Covid-19, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. The daily maintenance of hygiene measures is guaranteed.  Please note that participants will be required to follow the security protocol and to comply with some simple precautions.

At booking, you may choose your preferred room type but depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.

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