The workshop starts on the Saturday morning with examples of jewellery and pictures shown and the explanation of various techniques of execution. In the afternoon, students will carry out their own ceramic work which will be raw-fired to high temperature overnight. The pieces will be glazed with crystal glazes on the raw surface or remain unglazed. On the Sunday morning the jewels will be completed by adding elements of different materials, cords and hypoallergenic hooks. The workshop will end late Sunday morning.
Date: May 2 and 3, 2009
Luca Tripaldi was born in Turin in 1969. Graduated on graphic art before working on sculpture and then been taken by ceramics until he opened a workshop in Turin in 1999. He has been particularly interested on the development of smoke firing techniques and fascinated by the qualities of the surfaces that these processes can offer. In recent years he had a strong interest in studying and developing crystals glazes and carbon trapping. He is sharing a studio in London and has been invited to teach at prestigious ceramic schools in the USA.
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.
- Materials and firings.
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