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Instructors 2009
Course number:
01  Pietro Maddalena
15  Luca Tripaldi
18a Luca Tripaldi
18b Luca Tripaldi
19  Gail Nichols
21  Gay Smith
23  David Roberts
26  Lucianne Lassalle
27  Susan Nemeth
28  Pietro Maddalena
30  Eduardo Lazo
31  Luca Tripaldi
32  Pietro Maddalena
34  Luca Tripaldi
35  Donna Polseno
37  Pietro Maddalena
39  Malcolm Davis
43  Dotti Cichon &           Meredith Dalglish
49  Luca Tripaldi

19 Soda Discovery
Instructor: Gail Nichols
Type: Throwing. Non beginners
Date: May 3 - 16, 2009


In continuing it’s policy of inviting internationally recognized artists, La Meridiana this year organises a workshop of excellence for dedicated amateurs and professional potters called “Master Class”. For this purpose we have and will choose artists that beyond their technique and aesthetic vision, can be particularly inspiring in giving rich and strong stimulus to all those practicing ceramics and above all to professional potters.
Gail Nichols, author of “Soda, Clay and Fire (American Ceramic Society, 2006)” will be the first artist to open this cycle with a course on the study and experimentation of soda firing.
There will be a public presentation with slides and a discussion on techniques and aesthetics of soda firing. In parallel we’ll be offering a noborigama wood firing with work brought by the participants to the course. Please come with a willingness to experiment and to share information. Experience in throwing is recommended for the workshop, but is not essential.

Cost 1.450 € (Includes tuition, lodging, lunches, materials and firings)



La MeridianaGail Nichols is an Australian ceramic artist, recognized internationally for her innovative approach to soda glazing. Through extensive research, leading to completion of a PhD at Monash University in 2002, Gail developed her unique vapour glaze aesthetic and technical approach to materials and firing. She makes vessels with soft organic forms and lush dimpled glazes that appear to ooze out of the clay itself. Her book, Soda Clay and Fire, published by the American Ceramic Society, has been heralded as a leading text on soda vapour glazing technique and aesthetics. Gail was born in the U.S.A. in 1953. She completed a mechanical engineering degree at Michigan State University in 1976, and worked on an irrigation project in Malaysia for two years before migrating to Australia, where she began her ceramic studies in Sydney. Her studio is now located on a rural property near Braidwood, New South Wales. She teaches at Australian National University in Canberra.
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