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Ceramics course in Florence, Italy

This course is designed for people of all levels of knowledge with ceramics.By the end of the course students will have learned: brush techniques, wedging and kneading, use of the potter's wheel, borders and 'filetti', techniques of enamel applications, glazing technique, application of color, enamel technologies, detailing technique, Earth techniques, oven and machines, centering and opening technique, shaping and raising sides, majolica restoration, restoration chemistry, restoration techniques, enamel technologies, oxids technologies and miscellaneous technologies, etc.

Beginners Course

The beginners' ceramic course in Florence is designed to help the student become familiarized with ceramics and all the potential forms it can take and which techniques should be applied to achieve each one. The course contemplates all the primary methods of molding and adorning clay, covering the essential theoretical input about the nature of clay and glazes. Specific tasks are given whenever a new technique has been taught. Low-temperature terracotta materials are used in the studio, since they have been used in the Mediterranean area for centuries. Raku, sawdust saggar, and pit firings are also used. Whenever possible, field trips are arranged to introduce students to local techniques and works of contemporary artists.

Objectives:
  • Enable students to prepare clay for work: wedging and kneading;
  • Acquaint students with the round form: coiled bowl, pinched pots ;
  • Deepen the study of the physical properties of clay: plasticity and shrinkage;
  • Practice modeling and working from the solid form;
  • Acquaint students with types of clay, types of ware;
  • Study the effect of heat on clay and stages of firing;
  • Accustom students with the use of the potter's wheel;
  • Acquaint students with the Glazing technique;
  • Deepen the study of Glazing techniques: how to apply a glaze, how to use underglaze decoration;
  • Acquaint students with the glaze faults and the curing of such;
  • Deepen the Glazing study, understanding overglazing decoration (majolica technique);
  • Brush techniques;
  • Borders and 'filetti';
  • Techniques of Enamel applications;



Intermediate Course

The intermediate ceramic course in Florence is designed to provide students who have already covered all the basic studies of building and glazing of ceramics among a few other basic techniques.

Objectives:
  • Improve students' ability to handle the clay and the potter's wheel;
  • Deepen the understanding of clay plasticity and shrinkage;
  • Look into the different types of clay and types of ware and decide what to use in each work;
  • Study the effect of heat on clay and learn the different stages of firing;
  • Learn the origins and development of Reduction and Raku;
  • Expand the ability to work with Raku pieces;
  • Delve into the Glazing techniques;
  • Glazing and working on developing one or more personal glazes;
  • Expand the skill of Overglaze decoration (majolica technique) ;
  • Learn Glazing work for the final firings;
  • Techniques of Enamel applications;
  • Application of Color;
  • Throwing, handbuilding, useful forms, vessel forms and sculptural work, centering technique, opening technique, etc;



Advanced Course

The advanced ceramics course is designed for those students who are capable of working almost completely independently. It requires a high level of technical skill and competence.

The advanced ceramics course students will push their ideas to the limits, refine their skills, master the ceramic materials, techniques and processes to create a work that is a representation of masterful artistry.

Objectives:
  • To master historical and contemporary ritual ceramics;
  • To master and execute historical and contemporary figurative ceramics;
  • To be able to create peculiar and eccentric ceramics;
  • To comprehend and develop Oriental ceramics;
  • Developed a sharp sense of involvement with the problems at hand, to put effort into them, and find quality solutions;
  • To solve problems of aesthetics and form. A well-made work by itself does not constitute a work of art but a great conception cannot be expressed without the proper technical ability;
  • Develop originality and awareness of the possibilities of use of the medium;
  • Study the luster technique;


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Although the Ceramics Course can be taken alone, other students usually have chosen to combine the Italian language Courses and the Ceramics Course and that's why we've created the Intensive Art Courses (Italian + Art).

For more information about this course please contact us.

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  • 1 lesson: 45 minutes;
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