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Instructors 2018

Adrian Arleo
Antoinette Badenhurst
Curtis Benzle
John Colbeck
Maria Geszler- Garzuly
Kate & Will Jacobson
Susan Nemeth
Richard Phethean
Franco Rampi
Ellen Shankin
Ken Shipley
John Shirley
Luca Tripaldi
Sharon Warrington
Lucia Zucconi


43 Fire Works
La Meridiana’s “Bagnano Express”
on an ideal journey
David Trueb
October 12th – 19th 2018

Woodfiring. Non-beginners

La Meridiana’s Bagnano Express is a two chamber Noborigama crossdraft kiln with cascade type bourry box. Potters are invited to embark on a one week journey for a shared firing experience to stoneware temperature.
Each step in the preparation and the firing will be discussed and organized so that all participants will have a clear understanding of the process, gain first hand firing experience and acquire elements to understand the final results.
You will be asked to bring a certain number of bisq fired pieces, as each participant will have a determined volume of space in the kiln available for her/his pots. Preferably you should bring elongated and/or closed forms which best respond to the conditions in the wood kiln. Further indications about the volume, shapes and type of clay to use will be given after booking. There will be a presentation of the kiln, how it is built, how it behaves in the firing and which results you may obtain. The firing leader will give expert advice about the various options for glazing the pots and explain how the exposure to the flames and the ashes will influence the results. The firing will be in reducing atmosphere and soda will be added in the second chamber, for a rich variety of surface effects. We will organize the firing in several shifts.
During cooling, there will be time for a field trip and we will celebrate the fire and our friendship with barbeques and good wine.
The number of participants is limited to 8. People who would like to prepare bisq pieces with David Trueb in his studio in Switzerland or Portugal should contact us via mail.

October 12th :     Arrival between 5 and 7 pm. Distribution of lodging, informal dinner-on-own.
Octobber 13th: Arrival by 12 pm of students who live close. 12.30 Lunch. Start preparation. Dinner
October 14th :   Glazing and Loading. Lunch at La Meridiana. Pizza Dinner
October 15th :    Candling, start firing
October 16th : Firing, ending probably by 11 pm.
October 17th : Cooling. Excursion
October 18th : Unloading, cleaning, packing
October 19th: Breakfast and departure by 11 am.

Cost: € 1100
The workshop fee includes:
7 overnight in double room with shared kitchen
1 breakfast
5 lunches
6 dinners
Excursion with museum visit
Single room supplement €150


David Trueb
Since his apprenticeship as a confectioner in Basel 1982, David Trueb has been interested in ceramics. There is an affinity in the technical knowledge involved in confectionary and ceramics: both are concerned with recipes, materials, glazes, handicraft and technical skill. David set up his first studio in the basement of his parents’ house, where he began working and experimenting in various ways with throwing, mixing clay bodies, glazing, firing, and the thickness of the objects. Repeatedly he encounters challenges which he approaches with passion, patience and imagination. In recent years, David has specialized in woodfiring at high temperature ranges He continues to gain expertise, supported by completion of the intensive ON CENTRE course at La Meridiana and through ongoing collaboration with wood firing colleagues. He is inspired by simple forms from different cultural areas. He has his main studio in Portugal.




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Loc. Bagnano, 135 - 50052 Certaldo (Italy) - Telefono: +39 377 2709500 - Fax: +39 055 7472458 - info@lameridiana.fi.it