17 – 2024 – Franco Rampi – Throwing on the Wheel!

April 21 – May 18 2024

One month on the wheel plus glazing.

For all!


On the wheel is an intensive course that offers an opportunity for further development in throwing and finishing techniques. Firstly, the continued studio time of one month, secondly, the specific exercises, and furthermore the effectiveness of the demonstrations and the focussed critique will open a perspective for substantial progress.

Techniques taught in Throwing on the Wheel

Throughout the programme  there will be demonstrations on the wheel of different forms including bowls, cups, plates, vases, teapots, pitchers, boxes and lidded forms. We will talk about timing! Considering when to add spouts and handles, when to trim and when to alter.  Demonstrations with decoration will include modelling and clay additions to the form, fluting, facetting and carving, application of slip and various slip processes, application of glaze and various glaze processes. We will use a stoneware clay to make pottery forms both for functional and decorative uses and the students will quickly see the wide range of possibilities provided throughout the course.

Teaching method

Teaching is based on demonstrations and much individual attention. A programme of technical and visual talks will complete the demos and the practical work. Students will receive handouts that sum up the technical information about clay, materials and glazes plus video clips for individual repetition of all techniques shown. Throughout the course, there will be aesthetic considerations that will help participants to make choices. There will be the participation of Pietro Maddalena, to further enrich the depth of discussion about aesthetics and techniques.


This intensive course is open to all levels but some previous experience with clay may be an advantage.  A delicious mid day meal is included on all working days.

The Artist and instructor of Throwing on the Wheel

Franco Rampi started working as a potter in 1978. After an apprenticeship in England and a cycle of studies in Italy he opened his own studio in Tuscany where 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. He has taught workshops on throwing and glazing for many years, collaborating with La Meridiana since 2010. www.francorampi.it



Franco Rampi


April 21 – May 18 2024

Length of course

Quattro settimane




For all levels

Total cost:

€ 5500

Deposit for booking

€ 1500


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.
Please note that participants will be required to follow the security protocol and to comply with some simple precautions.


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 single room
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 one year. The deposit will be transferred to the workshop of choice.

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