The magical effect of crystals, through a process that in nature takes thousands of years.
Luca Tripaldi www.lucatripaldi.com
May 7th – 13th , 2017
Hand building and/or throwing. Non beginners
Crystalline glazes have a magical quality. Chemistry and nature can offer fascinating effects when the slightest movement causes light to dance across the surface of the crystals, revealing layered depths of colour and texture that bond together in a constantly changing rhythm.
Lovers of wheel throwing will address the complexities of throwing with porcelain, focusing on all aspects of throwing, but also on obtaining a smooth surface functional for glazing with crystals.
Those who choose hand building will be encouraged to find original solutions to enhance the potential of this particular glaze and simultaneously solve the specific problems that arise. We will pay particular attention to the chemistry of crystals with the execution of several tests before the final glazing. The challenge and fascination of this technique is to recreate the process of crystallisation that in nature can take thousands of years.This course requires much precision and care during every step, for this reason it is recommended to specify skill level when registering.
The total cost of the course is 980 Euro; Single price supplement: 150 Euros.
The workshop fee includes the following
Tuition (6 – 8 hours per day, studio open 12 hours)
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 150 €
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days
Luca Tripaldi was born in Turin, Italy, where he currently lives and has his studio. After training in graphic design, he worked for ten years in Mario Audello Studios as a sculptor, making masks and special effects for many opera houses like “Scala di Milano” and “Arena di Verona”. In 1998 he opened his own ceramics studio in Turin. He uses porcelain, preferring unglazed surfaces or only glazed in some parts with crystalline glazes and dry glazes, in order to get strong contrasts. The most part of his jewels are in black or white porcelain, decorated with ceramic transfers. He conducts an intensive teaching activitie, holding workshops throughout Europe and the United States. He writes a technical ceramic column for the Italian ceramic magazin ”La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo”.