La Meridiana Residential Ceramic Courses and Pottery Workshops

La Meridiana Residential Ceramic Courses and Pottery Workshops

Since 1981 La Meridiana offers residential Ceramic Courses and Pottery Workshops of one or two weeks for beginners, advanced and professional potters.
The programme for the year 2018 is now on-line, with a variety of topics that refer to the ceramic processes:
hand building, throwing, trimming, decorating, study and application of glazes and the various firing techniques (majolica, raku, high temperature, salt & soda, wood, etc).

The Ceramic School is set in a restored 17th century farmhouse, in the centre of Tuscany, land of Etruscan and Roman culture, medieval architecture and renaissance splendour. Our goal is to offer a facility dedicated to a continual education in the ceramic art, a meeting ground in a place rich in Italian culture.
On Centre is a twelve week residential course based on throwing techniques, study and experimentation of claybodies, glazes and firings.


PROGRAMME 2018 - 37th year !

January 7th – March 31st 2018
The residential twelve week course for an in depth training on throwing, clay bodies, glazes and firing.

Application for the 2019 edition will open
in May 2018

01 Throwing Marathon
One more ton of clay to be centred!
Franco Rampi
January 2nd – 6th 2018

Throwing. For all

15 Understanding Porcelain
Understand the peculiar qualities of porcelain in order to throw, alter and hand build successfully beyond the wheel.
Antoinette Badenhorst
April 8th – 21st  2018

Throwing and decoration. Intermediate and advanced
17 Porcelain: Colour and Light
The extraordinary potential of vitreous porcelain.
Curtis Benzle -
April 22nd – 28th 2018

Handbuilding. Beginners/Intermediate
117 Hand of the Maker - Touch of Soul
A Woodfiring experience
Stephen Mickey
April 29th – May 12th, 2018

Throwing, Woodfiring. Beginners and advanced
19 Jewelery in Porcelain
Design, make and assemble sophisticated jewellery in fine porcelain.
Luca Tripali
May 6th – 12th 2018
Hand building. For all
20 Spring Throwing Marathon
Non-stop throwing!
Franco Rampi -
May 13 – 19, 2018

Throwing. For all
23 Clay, Gnocchi & More
Learn how to make and use flameware. With Italian cuisine!
Franco Rampi
Lucia Zucconi
May 27th – June 6th 2018

Throwing, handbuilding, cooking. Non beginners
24 Slip Ware Masterclass
A glorious decoration technique in a contemporary interpretation.
Richard Phethean 
June 9th – 16th 2018
Throwing, decoration. Masterclass
25 Terra Sig and Soft Raku
A modern interpretation of an antique technique
Rosana Antonelli
June 17 – 23, 2018

Terra Sig and Raku. For all
Woodfiring Symposium with Diagonal 11
Creation of a common piece, to be woodfired in the “Bagnano Express”
June 17th – 30th 2018
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Initiated by Evelyne Schönmann
26 Inlaid Porcelain
Coloration and stratification of slips and porcelain bodies to obtain intriguing.
Susan Nemeth
June 24th – 30th 2018
Handbuilding. For All
27 Mould making & Bone China
Paper mould making techniques and casting pieces in bone china with a master of materials.
John Shirley 
July 1st – 7th 2018
Mould Making and Casting. For all
28 Watercolour on Porcelain
The use of soluble metallic salts, for captivating colour effects. 
John Shirley 
July 8th  – 14th  2018

Decoration techniques. Intermediate
29 Naked Raku and Mica Infusion related Bare Clay Techniques
Naked Raku over colourful surfaces.
Kate & Will Jacobson
July 15th – 28th 2018

Raku. For all
30 Summer Throwing
A throwing and glazing intensives
Franco Rampi
July 22nd – 31st , 2018

Throwing. For beginners and intermediate
32 Stoneware Throwing
Two intense weeks with instructors of great experience.
John Colbeck
Franco Rampi
August 5th – 18th 2018

Throwing. For all
34 Porcelain Throwing
Throwing and finishing porcelain vessels.
John Colbeck
Franco Rampi
August 19th – September 1st 2018

Throwing. For all
136 Summer Throwing II
A throwing and glazing intensives
Franco Rampi
September 2 - 11, 2018

Throwing. For beginners and intermediate
36 Tuscan Sculpture Symposium
Sculpture from the life model. With possibility for casting
Facilitators: Lorri Acott and Adam Schultz
September 2nd – 15th 2018  

Sculpture. Intermediate and advancedl
37 The infinite vessel
A vital approach to coiling, pinching and surface decoration.
Rachel Wood
September 9th – 15th, 2018
Handbuilding. For all
138 Advanced Jewelry in Porcelain
Further techniques for sophisticated jewelry in fine porcelain.
Luca Tripaldi
September 16th – 22nd 2018

Hand building. Advanced
38 Shape’n Shake in Tuscany
Ellen Shankin -
September 16th – 29th 2018
Throwing. Intermediate and advanced
For information and booking please write to Ellen Shankin: ;
39 Screenprint on Clay: The Ship
Transferring images with the possibility of superimposing colour.
Maria Geszler-Garzuly
September 23th – 29th 2018

Handbuilding. For all
40 The Layered Figure
Coil-building the human form and developing surface imagery through drawing, carving and texturing.
Adrian Arleo
September 30th  - October 13th 2018

Sculpture. Non beginners
42 The Ceramic Animal
Figurative sculpture with special techniques of surface treatment.
Andreas Hinder
October 14 – 20, 2018
Handbuilding. For all
43 Fire Works
La Meridiana’s “Bagnano Express”
on an ideal journey
David Trueb
October 12th – 19th 2018

Woodfiring. Non-beginners
A two-month intensive course on throwing and decoration techniques for stoneware.
John Colbeck & Franco Rampi
October 21 – December 15, 2018

Application to this course will open on December 1st, 2017.

Event Properties

Event Date 01-07-2018
Event End Date 31-12-2018
Capacity Unlimited

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2019 Siliceous Award for Ceramic Excellence

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About Our Events

These event listing will be of interest to Queensland ceramic artists and potters.

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