Italian Inspiration and Italian Techniques
After six days of visiting such places as Florence, Pistoia, Pisa, Faenza, and Ravenna we will head to Certaldo. This visual inspiration will be drawn upon when we reach the ceramic studio at La Meridiana, where you’ll enjoy four days in the studio learning from Pietro Maddalena and Marcia Selsor. Our last day will be spent visiting San Gimignano and Volterra. For full schedule details, visit: Schedule for Potter and Non-Potter Schedule.
The focus will be on the many uses of terra cotta, and learning the Bucchero firing process, an ancient Etruscan technique of using carbon saggars to turn the clay black. Attendees will also watch demonstrations on aspects of Italian architectural pieces like corbels, columns, pedestals, and so much more.
What you will learn:
- How to make, apply and fire terra sigillatta
- The full potential of terra cotta from vessel to facade
- Bucchero, the etruscan black firing technique
- Making and using sprigs
- Extruder potential with manipulations
- Handling large slab techniques for columns, corbels and pedestals, right angles
- Designing with ovals
- Testing to freeze proof clay
- Exposure to the rich and long history of Italian Ceramics
- And much more!
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