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Raku Handbuilding Techniques

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Key Information:
Class Size: 10 - 12 people
Destination: Italy  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Ceramics/pottery, Sculpture  
Season: July - August
Courses Per Year: 1
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 850 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 850 Euro (EUR) per person

The aim of this course is to broaden the awareness of the range and variety of work possible with this firing technique. It will encourage experiment and provide an introduction to many aspects of the making, decorating and firings. Time will be dedicated to the understanding and practical development of raku glazes. No chemistry involved! But a basic explanation of the materials that concur to the making of it and the introduction of a simple methodology for a personal research.

Faculty Information:
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.

Other Activities:
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.
- Wineries.

Facility Information:
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:
- Lodging.
- Fresh gourmet lunches during the working days.
- Some transport.
- Materials and firings.
- General help during the stay.

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