Residency Workshop in Tuscany

On Centre. Form and Decoration

This course is for participants who have sufficient experience of throwing to want an intensive course to develop their skill to a proficient level. It is an opportunity for an extended immersion into clay.

The course contents is dedicated to throwing and decorating in the field of functional ceramics, with a section about the basics of firing. Exercises aim to improve skills and awareness, so to allow participants to improve their pots in forma and finish.  

The small size of the group (maximum eight participants), the continued time dedicated to training and the one-on-one attention from the instructors consent consistent progress and the acquisition of confidence and fluency. The sharing of information, opinion and discovery within the group is contributor to this and will be encouraged in regular group discussions.  

Students do have a generous working space at disposal. They will stay and study in the supportive environment of La Meridiana, with logistics like lodging, transportation and lunch taken care of.  Two foremost ceramicist of broad experience will tutor the small group of eight students.

About the Tutors

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 porcela

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.

Event Properties

Event Date 21-10-2018
Event End Date 15-12-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Event Website
Contact Email
Contact Phone +39 377 2709500
La Meridiana
Via Provinsa Localita, 135, 47021 Bagno di Romagna FC, Italy
La Meridiana