19-2022 – Jan Edwards – Visual Story Telling

May 8 – 21 2022

Low fire techniques, clay & drawing sessions

Handbuilding. For all levels

19-2022 – Jan Edwards – Visual Story Telling


Stories are everywhere. Some are cultural, familial or personal.  Some are abstract and can exist without language. Through visual story telling, our intent is to bring a few of these narratives out from wherever we find them, into our artwork.


We will spend our first week in the clay studio, using Terracotta clay, handbuidling with slabs and embellishing what we make with colored slips and stains.   As a mater of fact, visual story telling implies decoration, drawing and making signs, therefore we will trainwith some sketching and drawing. Furthermore, instruction on making wall pieces and simple slab pots will be offered. Our base during the second week will be a Villa in the quiet countryside. We will have time for a few hours of sketching, painting and drawing, alongside excursions to the surrounding Chianti area and to Sienna.

Teaching method

“How best shall I finish this piece to enhance its form & express my personal aesthetic”?   We can address this question by exploring some of the techniques and design ideas demonstrated, like brush painting, resists, inlay, stencilling & sgraffito.  You will develop your work according to your personal aesthetic… be it exuberant or minimalistic, subtle or wildly colourful, abstract or filled with imagery.


During Visual Story Telling we will have time for specific exercises in an inspiring setting. Those are designed to open artistic options, build skills, and find new ways to approach our subject matter. The creative activity will be interspersed with storytelling, excursions, fine food and wines.
This workshop is open to Art lovers with all levels of experience.  It is well suited to potters who want to explore colour, and to painters who just want to get their hands in some clay. A freshly prepared meal on the working days and lodging are included in the cost.

IN THIS COURSE, 2 SPOTS WITHOUT LODGING ARE STILL AVAILABLE! For booking and information about the cost please contact info@lameridiana.fi.it

The artist

Jan Edwards became a Studio Potter after an education in Fine Arts and she has been making pots for forty years. Her home and studio are in Portland Oregon.  There she makes unique, useful pots, custom dinnerware, decorative Tiles, and Drawings in Clay for the walls.   She regularly teaches ceramics at the Community College and the City Art Center. She loves to travel, teaching workshops, especially about putting line, pattern and colour on clay work. www.clayjan.com


Jan Edwards


May 8 – 21 2022

Length of course

10 working days in the studio




For all levels

Total cost:

Euro 2200

Deposit for booking:

Euro 600,00



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.
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


Cancellation and Refund Policy

A deposit is required upon registration. After submitting the registration form, you may proceed with the on-line payment of the deposit.  If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the registration will be confirmed upon accreditation of the deposit in our banking account. The balance must be paid at the beginning of the course.

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 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.