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01 Pietro Maddalena
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19 Thomas Welti
20 Luca Tripaldi
23 Carolyn Genders
24 Lucianne Lassalle
27 Luca Tripaldi
30 Luca Tripaldi
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39 Under the Tuscan Soot
Instructor: Malcolm Davis 
Type: Throwing. Advanced
Date: September 20 – October 3, 2009


There IS soot in Tuscany! We trapped it in 2007 and even more in 2008, now that we know how to fire the kilns. We will spend the first week making pots, lots and lots of pots, for everyday use. There will be daily readings, demonstrations, exercises and assignments and lots of wine! The second week will focus on carbon trapping shino-type glazes: bisque, testing, glazing, and firing. And scattered throughout will be memorable meals (including a cooking demo), music, and visits to museums, ancient cities, wineries and a chocolate tasting. It will be glorious!

Cost 2.100 € (Includes tuition, lodging, lunches, materials, firings and field trips)



La MeridianaMalcolm Davis has been a full-time studio potter since 1984 when he left his previous life as campus minister. He took his first ceramics class in 1974 and since 1985 has maintained his mountaintop studio in Upshur County, WV. He is internationally recognized for his work with shino-type glazes, specifically for the creation of a unique shino-type formula with a high concentration of soluble soda ash, which encourages the trapping of carbon in the early stages of the firing.
About his work he says: “I work exclusively in porcelain. My goal is to make fresh, spirited, graceful pots for daily use, searching for fluidity and clarity of form within the context of function and striving for elegance rather than drama. My desire is to bring to life pots that are friendly and intimate, growing ever more personal with daily use.
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