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Instructors 2015

Jean Adams
John Colbeck
Tony Clennell
Monica DeCampo
Jan Edwards
Lisa Ehrich
Jeff Forster
Ute Grossmann
Jinny Hargrave
Andreas Hinder
Pietro Maddalena
Frank Mariano
Brenda Mc Mahon
Martin McWilliam
Lorna Meaden
Carol Ann Michaelson
Jeff Oestreich
Donna Polseno
Ellen Shankin
Luca Tripaldi


33 Porcelain Throwing
John Colbeck
August 23rd – 29th 2015

Throwing. Intermediate and advanced

Porcelain is a diverse and versatile material. When high fired it is extremely hard and durable. When thin it can be translucent. It is resistant to thermal shock. As well as fine domestic items it can be used to make thick, heavy objects such as pestles and mortars. It is white but can readily be coloured. Derivatives of porcelain helped man travel to the Moon. From darning thimbles and jewellery to spark plugs and huge insulators it has found application in a wide variety of contexts since Marco Polo first brought back porcelain utensils from the Orient. It endures as beautiful material with which to make useful and decorative vessels.
Porcelain is sometimes thought of as a difficult material to throw. It is more helpful, and more accurate, simply to think of it as different to earthenware and stoneware clays.
The primary aim of this five day course, working with a plastic porcelain body, is to assist participants to develop their throwing skill and confidence. The work will be fired and glazed by the end of the course.
A secondary aim is to impart information about the material nature of porcelain bodies. Each participant will make a small quantity of a different porcelain body which, likewise, will be fired and glazed.
The practical work of the course will be complemented by one illustrated talk about porcelain objects and one technical talk about porcelain bodies and glazes.

Cost: € 980
The workshop fee includes the following:
- Tuition (class is 6-8  hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
- All materials and firings;
- Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 140 €
- Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
- A freshly prepared full Tuscan lunch with wine on all working days

La MeridianaJohn Colbeck has taught full and part time at Ceramics degree courses in the UK throughout his working life and was for many years Head of Ceramics at Bath Academy of Art and, in addition, has taught many short courses and given lectures and seminars in the UK and abroad.
He is author of "Pottery, the Technique of Throwing" (1969), "Pottery, Techniques of Decoration" (1983) (both of these still available as Classic reprints from Axner Supplies USA) and "Pottery Materials" (1988).
He produces unglazed, polished thrown forms in stoneware and porcelain.

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