La Meridiana offers a variety of different initiatives embracing most of the year with students and artists coming from around the world. The courses range from beginners to more advanced and technical subjects. Both one and two week courses are scheduled.
Some of the instructors are members of our teaching staff here at La Meridiana and live in Italy. Many are from other countries and cultures and this gives participants a great opportunity to develop their ideas and skills. Groups can be self-organized and programs customized. Residencies are available in winter months.
Teachers are all professional artists of international reputation. Most of them have been teaching for years in a variety of Institutions. A few names: Josh De Weese, David Roberts, Pietro Elia Maddalena, John Colbeck, Giovanni Cimatti, Chris Staley, Silvie Granatelli, Jane Perryman, Mo Jupp, Ruthane Tudball, Takeshi Yasuda.
Students typically enjoy short excursions to some of the main attractions in beautiful Tuscany to compliment their daily work in the studio. The cities of Florence and Siena are both within an hour of La Meridiana and other intriguing Tuscan towns such as San Gimignano, Volterra and Greve in Chianti are a short drive away. The heart of the Chianti region lies just to our east, and Milan and Rome are both easily accessible by train or car.
Optional Courses (easily accessible):
- Horse riding.
- Cooking lessons.
The studio is on the ground floor of a restored 13th century farm house and offers space for all types of ceramic experimentation. Our kilns range from high-fire gas, raku, soda, and wood firing to lower-fired electric, pit, and smoke. Our staff is all practicing ceramic artists as well as fluent English speakers. Living accommodations are also provided within walking distance to the studio. Telephone and internet access are also available.
Costs relate to the length and type of services. They all include appropriate:
- Fresh gourmet lunches during the working days.
- Some transport.
- Materials and firings.
- General help during the stay.
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