The course is intended as an opportunity to learn and develop smoke firing skills in which combustibles (the way they are burnt) become a major and determine the factor on the chromatic quality of surfaces and decorations. Surfaces will be treated with terra sigillata and salts according to the temperature and type of smoking technique some of which will include a third and even a fourth firing. Firing techniques will include saggar firing, pit firing and sawdust firing.
Luca Tripaldi graduated on graphic art before working on sculpture and then been taken by ceramics until he opened a workshop in Turin in 1999. He is particularly interested on the evolvement of smoke firing techniques fascinated by the qualities of the surfaces that these processes can give.
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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