Is the food enough decoration for your platter? What better place to explore this subject than Italy, a country known for beauty and food? We can draw upon the classic Tuscan landscape surrounding La Meridiana Studio for inspiration. In this fine ceramic studio well make pots on the wheel and by hand and explore a cornucopia of techniques for embellishing what we make. The focus will be on designing for use, and forming good, practical pots. We will be working with traditional Mediterranean materials: terra cotta clay, coloured slips and a clear glaze. While pots are being fired, well have the opportunity to look at some ancient pots in Florence, Sienna and the old Etruscan city of Volterra, where we can explore some of the richness of the Tuscan culture, with its great Art, Architecture and Ceramics. Students will live in a restored Tuscan farmhouse in an Olive grove, an easy walk from the studio. Many meals will be provided. And our chef, Lucia may consult with us in our design process.
Jan Edwards became a Studio Potter after an education in Fine Arts. Her home/ studio is in Portland Oregon. There she makes Unique, Useful Pots, Custom Dinnerwear, Decorative Tile, and lately some “Drawings in Clay” for the walls. She regularly teaches ceramics. She loves to travel, teaching workshops, especially about putting line, pattern and color on claywork.
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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