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Instructors 2017

Peter Beard
Curtis Benzle
Beth Cavener
John Colbeck
Jan Edwards
Lisa Ehrich
Adam Field e Heesoo
Rick Hensley
Lucianne Lassalle
Pietro Maddalena
Donna Polseno
Karin Putsch-Grassi
Franco Rampi
Lisa Reinertson
Marcia Selsor
Ken and Melody Shipley
Luca Tripaldi
Rachel Wood


40 The Maiden Firing
Kiln building, making and firing.
Jeff Shapiro www.jeffshapiroceramics.com
& Bruce Dehnert http://brucedehnert.blogspot.com
Sept. 29th - Oct 13th 2017


This workshop will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to make and fire work in a kiln we build at the La Meridiana facility. For 2 days prior to that we will start the trip in Florence where we will take guided tours of the Duomo and the Uffizi Museum Collection. After finishing building and making work at La Meridiana, we will visit a wonderful artist and friend living and working near Orvieto. We will spend the last 2 nights in Orvieto to end the trip.

While staying at the lovely La Meridiana facility, participants will assist in the kiln building project, and making work for the kiln’s maiden firing.
The workshop promises to be a lively, busy one. We will be building a gas/wood fired kiln under the guidance of Bruce Dehnert, Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School for Craft. While that activity proceeds, we will be making work [pots or sculpture] in the beautiful studio with noted ceramicist, Jeff Shapiro. Participants are welcome to participate in either or both activities to the extent they are interested or able. Clay, tools, and firing are included in this workshop. We will fire the kiln that we will build together. With the well appointed studio at La Meridiana and the gourmet 4 course lunches each day, as well as side trips to San Gimignano and Volterra while the kiln is cooling, it will be an intense, in depth discovery of Italian culture, kiln building techniques, and creative clay work in the studio.

For Information and sign up please contact us at info@lameridiana.fi.it

To sign up please contact Jeff Shapiro at jeffshapiro62@gmail.com

Full itinerary

La MeridianaJeff Shapiro was born in the Bronx, NY in 1949. He presently works and lives in upstate NY with his wife Hinako.  He studied ceramic arts while living in Japan for 9 years from 1973-1981. His work has been exhibited internationally in Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Switzerland,
Canada, England, and Japan. His work can be found in numerous international Museum
collections. He has given workshops and seminars in many countries around the world, and has built 2 wood fire kilns in Italy. He says of himself:
 “I approach the process of making as a creative process giving myself the freedom to improvise and discover. I respond to the beauty that exists in the imperfections of nature; A torn leaf… a crack in a cement wall… a twisted branch…a shaft of lightning cutting through the night sky, all have the potential to be dimensions of beauty that feed the artistic soul and creative process.”

La MeridianaBruce Dehnert received a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and his MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. He has taught at Hunter College and Parsons School of Art and Design [New York City], The School of Art [New Zealand], the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak [Malaysia], and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth [New Bedford].

Dehnert was the recipient of a New Jersey Artist Fellowship Award, and other awards including three time Fletcher Challenge International Ceramics Award winner, the Settlor Prize in Sculpture, and a Carnegie Premier Award for Works on Paper. He was also a finalist in the Robert Wood Johnson International Figurative Competition. His work is held in a number of museums and collections including The Crocker Museum [California], the Yixing Museum of Ceramic Art [China], The New Dowse Museum [New Zealand], The Liling Museum of Ceramic Art [China], and The White House [Washington, DC].

While his pottery and sculpture have been featured in many books and magazines, Dehnert has also remained active as a writer having had articles published in numerous journals including, Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, and Ceramics: Art and Perception. His book, “Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook,” was recently published by Abrams Publishing of New York City.

This year, Bruce was named to the International Academy of Ceramics [IAC] and at present is Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School for Crafts in Layton, New Jersey, USA.

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