Decorating using coloured porcelain and hand building using slabs. In this course we will explore colour, pattern and imagery using various techniques of staining and layering slips and porcelains. The decoration will be integral. The technique involves laminating sheets of coloured clays inlaid with hand cut patterns, rolling and stretching the layers to create tiles and simple shapes formed starting from flat sheets of clay with some use of moulds. It includes drawing with the knife to make fine inlay, using sheets of clays to create collage, layering, cutting and re combining to generate neriage, producing inlay from impressions and painting and pouring slips. Finishing techniques will enhance the pure qualities of the clay with a range of strong, pure colour and soft, matt feel. There will be plenty of demonstrations and students will develop their design and technical skills and have ample opportunity to experiment freely.
Susan Nemeth is a designer and maker of handmade porcelain vases, bowls and decorative platters. Born in Australia, she trained at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. Her work is inspired by the strongly graphic textile and ceramic designs of the 1950s and 60s. The painters, Ben Nicholson, Paul Klee and Eva Hesse influence some pieces. The decoration is integral using layers of coloured clays and slips. She has been awarded internationally and is mentioned in many publications.
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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