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Instructors 2012

Pietro Maddalena
Richard Phethean
Victor Greenaway
Curtis Benzle
Wally Asselberghs
Sue Morse
Saura Vignoli
Ken Shipey
Leah Leitson
Thomas Welti
Carolyn Genders
Sasha Wardell
Luca Tripaldi
Patty Wouters
John Colbeck
Orietta Mengucci
Rick Hensley
Donna Polseno
Susan Nemeth
Ellen Shankin
Beth Cavener Stichter
Judith Duff


38 Throwing, throwing and more throwing
Ellen Shankin - www.ellenshankin.com
September 16th - 29th, 2012

Throwing. Non beginners

Ellen: “This will be the 6th time I am offering a workshop at La Meridiana. It is a place of stone and grapes and cypress trees, steeped in rich artistic history, and brimming with the pleasures of fine food, wine, and the Tuscan countryside.

We will take the opportunity to work hard in this inspiring environment. This workshop will focus on throwing functional stoneware pots...
the cornerstone of my life in clay. Altering those thrown forms has been the focus and delight of my studio life for the past 20 years.
I will offer instruction in the many ways I have come to do that: shaving, paddling, cutting and poking on lidded forms, pouring vessels, bowls and handled cups….There will be daily demonstrations of techniques and skills. Conversations about design decisions will encircle every effort in the studio.
This year we will spend all of our time making pots. There will be no glaze firing in this workshop. Rather than explore and create work for only 6 of our 10 class days (and spend the rest of the time involved in the lengthy process of drying, glazing, stacking, firing, cooling and unstacking the kiln) we will continue to investigate form every day and utilize our studio time to the max. Pots can be bisqued to take back as reminders of skills learned or ideas to pursue and then fired in familiar home kiln situations if desired.

There will be a balance struck between serious focused time in the studio and Italian adventures. We will visit local potters, take in the sights and sounds of ancient hill towns in the region, and day trip out to points of ceramic interest. Opportunities will be offered for cooking classes, wine tastings, and guided travel.

Oh to be in Italy, surrounded by people who also love clay, with lots of time to work! Day after day... Improving skills, deepening your understanding of the design choices that breathe life into your work, feasting on delicious slow food and local chianti, taking in the end of the day listening to the clink of silverware in a little café as church bells toll in the campo... What a rich experience it adds up to be!
Hope you can join us!"

For further information and cost please contact Ellen Shankin at warshank@swva.net

La MeridianaEllen Shankin has been a studio potter in the mountains of Virginia since 1977. She received her B.F.A. with honours from the N.Y. State School of Ceramics at Alfred. Recipient of a 1990 National Endowment Visual Arts Fellowship Grant, and a 2001 Virginia Museum Grant, she exhibits her work nationally and has pieces in the collections of numerous Museums, including the International Museum of Ceramics at Alfred, The Mint Museum and The San Angelo Museum of Art. Her work has appeared in many periodicals and books of Ceramic Art.
Ellen is a founding member of “16 Hands” a regional craft tour and serves on the board of directors of “Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network”  Since 1992 she has pursued a growing interest in teaching workshops and has been a guest lecturer and  instructor in more than 50  universities, art centres, and craft schools.

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