PICCOLPASSO - TUTORED RESIDENCY
A tutored ceramics experience, structured around the proposal of each participant.
John Colbeck & Franco Rampi
October 22nd - December 16th 2017
This programme consists in an individual developmental work experience, ideal for those who already do have some serious experience in ceramics, which they wish to take further. Structured around their proposal, each participant will work on their own project, assisted and encouraged by competent tutors and with the availability of scheduled tutorials.
It is a two-month long immersion into making, focussing on growth and refinement through sequential progress anywhere within the rich and diverse field of throwing and stoneware temperature firing.
An opportunity of development amongst likeminded, with the availability of a well-organised facility.
This programme has been named after Cipriano Piccolpasso, 1524 - 1579, who is the author of Li tre Libri dell'arte del Vasaio (“The three worksbooks of the Potter”). It is the very first compendia on ceramics ever written and just as Picolpasso’s aim was to support potters in their work providing a tool to organize their practice, this programme aims to inform the participant’s progress.
Application to the course opens January 15th and is by written proposal. Applications will be reviewed and processed on first- come –first serve base.
Find here the application form
John 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.
Franco Rampi was born in Domodossola. He started working as a potter in 1981. After an apprenticeship in England and a cycle of studies in Italy he opened his own studio in Tuscany.
He produces both functional objects in small series and one off pieces. He works mainly in stoneware, whilst continuing his research on clays, slips and forms. For ten years he has been teaching and also collaborating with La Meridiana for five years, mainly assisting John Colbeck in throwing courses.www.francorampi.it