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Clay & Spirit

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Key Information:
Class Size: 10 - 12 people
Destination: Italy  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Ceramics/pottery  
Season: September
Courses Per Year: 1
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 1450 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 1450 Euro (EUR) per person

We will build sculptures and sculptural vessel forms using simple handbuilding techniques. There will also be extensive exploration into surface treatments especially pre-fire approaches to surface. Kerrigan will give numerous demonstrations including his approaches to double-wall constructions and building forms upside-down. The conceptual emphasis of the workshop will be to create objects that resonate both personally and spiritually ... objects that express inner consciousness and have a personal spiritual resonance.

Faculty Information:
After completing his MFA degree at Ohio University Thomas Kerrigan taught ceramics at the University of Minnesota for 30 years. He now lives in Tucson, Arizona where he remains very active as an artist and exhibits his work extensively in the U.S., and Europe. Since a few years he has been conducting numerous workshops in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His work is present in numerous museum, corporate, and private collections.

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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