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Instructors 2013

Brenda McMahon
Carol-Ann Michaelson
Donna Polseno
Ellen Shankin
Jan Edwards
Jayson Lawfer
John Colbeck
Ken Shipey
Laura Dufresne
Lisa Ehrich
Liz Quackenbush
Lori Acott
Luca Tripaldi
Mark Hewitt
Orietta Mengucci
Paula Smith
Pietro Maddalena
Richard Phethean
Susan Nemeth
Tom Radca


39 Making, Marketing and Soda Firing
Jayson Lawfer - website
September 22nd - October 5th, 2013

Throwing. For all

This course will be a glorious adventure for the artist looking to expand his artistic vocabulary in clay and spend memorable days in Tuscany.
Throughout the course we will be exploring the possibilities of working with clay on the pottery wheel. We will come together as a group and explore our talents and start by creating the simple forms and push to complete those vessels that require intense skill and dedication. We will discuss the ideas of function and make pottery that serves our needs to drink, eat and serve. There will be daily demonstrations to excite your senses and give creative thought to your personal process. After the luscious lunches we will sit on La Meridiana's terrace and discuss the professional practices that come with being an artist.
Presentations will be provided with imagery and insight information for marketing the work you make in your professional career. It is now an era of online galleries and social media- these avenues will be explained and each student will leave this workshop with more strategic plans to market their creations. The other part of this workshop will be the exciting element of firing the work in a soda gas-fired kiln. This is a unique process allowing potters and sculptors to receive additional surface colors/textures by adding soda into the kiln at extremely high temperature. We will use underglaze and glazing application to achieve beautiful surfaces.

Cost: € 2100
Cost for non?clay participants: ? 1400
The workshop fee includes:

  • tuition (class is 6/7 hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
  • materials and firings
  • lodging in double room; single room on request at extra cost of € 250
  • welcome dinner
  • welcome breakfast
  • a freshly prepared Tuscan lunch with wine on the working days
  • a side programme with excursions and gourmet tastings.
Ask for a detailed programme at info@lameridiana.fi.it

La MeridianaJayson Lawfer is a potter and the director of an online art gallery and art consulting business entitled
The Nevica Project (www.thenevicaproject.com). After graduating from the University of Montana, Jayson completed artist residencies at Guldagergard (2002) in Denmark, The Archie Bray Foundation (2004), A.I.R. Vallauris in Vallauris, France (2006), and Lillstreet Art Center (2007).
His work has been featured in prestige American exhibitions at the Lancaster Museum of Art (Pennsylvania), Missoula Art Museum (Montana), Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Iowa), and New Hampshire Institute of Art. His pottery has been selected for the Totally Teabowl exhibition in England, the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramic Award in Australia and The Salzbrand 2006 competition in Germany.
The American Society of Ceramics awarded Jayson one of the "2005 Emerging Artists of the Year".
From 2002-2006, he was the Executive Director of The Clay Studio of Missoula (USA), Gallery Director of its exhibition space and Resident Director of its
artist-in-residence program. He was a Resident Artist and Guest Curator at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois from 2006-2007 and the Executive Director of the nonprofit sector of Lillstreet from 2010 - 2011.
Jayson's talents of being an artist and holding positions of directorship have granted him the opportunity to present lectures and lead workshops in Mexico, Italy and in the USA.

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