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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


138 Advanced Jewelry in Porcelain
Further techniques for sophisticated jewelry in fine porcelain.
Luca Tripaldi www.lucatripaldi.com
September 16th – 22nd 2018

Hand building. Advanced

The course is suitable for those who have attended the basic course (course no. 19/2018 or similar of previous years) or who do have a consistent experience in making porcelain jewels and wish to expand the range of techniques at their disposal.
Our focus will be on slip casting with porcelain. The mould of any small form, be it a geometric solids such as spheres or cubes, or organic shapes found in nature like seeds or flowers, allow for precise reproduction in series, including the tiniest details. Being able to decide on the thickness is fundamental for the weightlessness in a jewel. Details like texture and surface decoration may be added to the cast forms by cutting and incising the moulds. The stratification of coloured porcelain slips will open further possibilities.
Those who prefer a more ludic and spontaneous approach to form will be delighted to create intriguing structures by immersing  combustible materials in liquid porcelain, which when fired at high temperature will leave precious and unique exoskeletons in porcelain. Some of the elements obtained with the techniques described above may further be embellished with decoration and surface techniques, using metal salts, dry glazes with craquelé effects, lustre and decals.

The total cost of the course is of 1100 euros; Single price supplement: 150 Euros.
The workshop fee includes the following
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day
Studio open 12 hours per day
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 150 euros
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast, final dinner
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days

La MeridianaLuca Tripaldi was born in Turin, Italy, where he currently lives and has his studio. After training in graphic design, he worked for ten years in Mario Audello Studios as a sculptor, making masks and special effects for many opera houses like “Scala di Milano” and “Arena di Verona”. In 1998 he opened his own ceramics studio in Turin. He uses porcelain, preferring unglazed surfaces or only glazed in some parts with crystalline glazes and dry glazes, in order to get strong contrasts. The most part of his jewels are in black or white porcelain, decorated with ceramic transfers. He conducts an intensive teaching activitie, holding workshops throughout Europe and the United States. He writes a technical ceramic column for the Italian ceramic magazin  ”La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo”.

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