In this ceramic workshop we will use the figure as a reference point for creating sculptural objects. The figure will be the starting point for a narrative or abstraction to create a dynamic and perhaps metaphorical sculpture. We will learn various hand building methods including the use of slabs and coil building. The Tuscan environment will be of inspiration through the use of local clays and terra sigillata. We will study the Etruscan figure in clay and metal objects as well as the role of woman in this ancient culture. There will be an organized visit to the beautiful and historic town of Volterra and its famous museum, in order to see some of the reference on site. The course will end with the excitement of a wood firing experience.
Donna Polseno made her studies and graduated in 1974 at Rhode Island School of Design. Have received important grants and has been teaching in some of the most well established Schools and Universities of the USA. Her sculptural work is about the female figure and pottery and how they relate to each other symbolically. Since a few years she is regularly in Italy where in 2008 she was one of the six artists at the International Ceramic Sculpture Show “CONCRETA” in Certaldo , Florence.
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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