Sat, Jan 5th, 2013 It's official, you can now sign up for our October 6-19, 2013 Ceramic Workshop in Tuscany. We are teaching a 2-week throwing & saggar firing workshop at La Meridiana International School of Ceramics. All skill levels of throwers and handbuilders are welcome, including those who have always had the itch...but never scratched! Now is your opportunity.
Don't hesitate to make your reservations. La Meridiana requires a 400-euro deposit (about $500 American Dollars) to hold your space and then you can pay the rest off over the next 6 months, the total balance is due 60 days before the workshop (2000 Euro total- check conversions for actual cost). We already have 7 enrolled students - and a total of 24 spaces.
Fly Into: PISA, FLORENCE OR ROME.
Workshop Arrivial Time: Arrival 4-7pm, Sunday October 6th . Departure Saturday October 19th , within 11 am. Complete travel information will be given after sign up. La Meridiana will provide transportation to and from the train station for those taking the train from Pisa or Florence, as well as ground transportation during the workshop.
The flight in is dependent on your interests - will you arrive early and play for a few days before coming to the workshop...or do you want to get right there? Florence & Pisa are closest, but you may get a better price into Rome. Look at your options, then email LA MERIDIANA if you have specific questions.
Workshop Requirements: No experience is necessary - throwers & hand builders are encouraged - for this hands on workshop.
TOM RADCA has more than 30 years of clay experience and is best known for his loose, expressive & dynamic throwing style. Tom's platters range in size from 12" - 36" in diameter and his vessels are up to 5' tall. He can throw small & large and will teach you how to do that too.
If you're not a thrower, but want to try your hand at it, this workshop is for you! If you'd rather hand-build or make tiles, we welcome you to join us.
BRENDA MCMAHON has more than 16 years of ceramic experience & she brings her signature 'saggar firing' to Italy. Brenda will teach you how to throw refined and delicate forms & create a satin or textured surface on them. She will then open her toolbox of tricks on how to fire your work in an all-organic saggar kiln, using materials from the Italian landscape. Firing experience is not necessary, instead, students should have a penchant for exploration & surprise!
LA MERIDIANA International School of Ceramics is housed in a restored 18th century farmhouse and is set atop a hill, boasting glorious views of farmlands in the land of Etruscan & Roman culture.
CERTALDO, the nearby small town, sits between Sienna, Florence and San Gimignano in the land of Etruscan and Roman culture, medieval architecture and renaissance splendor. Certaldo has retained its authenticity and medieval essence. The Chianti region lies just to the east. Pisa and Florence international airports are well served from the major European cities and hubs. Milan and Rome are both easily accessible by train or car.
THE TOTAL COST of the workshop is 2000 Euro; Spouses are welcome. They are entitled to everything offered by La Meridiana as in the agreement except what pertains to the workshop and ceramic activities. The cost for a non- clay participant is 1400 Euro.
THE COST INCLUDES: Tuition * All materials & firings * Lodging in double room (single room requests add 240 Euro) * All lunches on working days * coffee breaks * Welcome & Farewell dinners * Field trips to San Gimignano, Volterra, Certaldo w/guide * Wine tasting w/light dinner * Spaghetti demo & light dinner * Majolica demo * Ground transportation while at La Meridiana.
Airfare & Insurance are not included
FOOD - A full Tuscan gourmet lunch on all working days is prepared by the La Meridiana chef . We are right in the production area of one of the most famous and renowned wines in the world, Chianti, and we will take advantage of that, drinking our fine wine lunch. There will be a coffee break with tea, coffee and biscotti (Italian cookies) each morning and afternoon Several in class may want to host a dinner during the week or a pot luck.
You have several options for where to fly in. For more information on the best airports & transportation concerns, contact LA MERIDIANA directly.