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Mountain range, showing typical stripes of different colour due to minerals and oxidesThe earth’s crust is made for 90% of materials useful to the potter: elements for clay bodies and glazes. “In the beginning there was clay”… even Christian mythology makes clay the honored material of the beginning of human life on earth.
While touching clay is immediate and spontaneous, developing skills further arouses many questions about bodies and glazes. If we have a glaze with a special quality and look in mind, how can we obtain it? It’s not easy to identify elements and how their combination affects the final characteristics.Buckets with different clay glazes, stones with different contents of minerals and oxides, glaze testsIMGP0007

IMGP0001Learning successfully is more probable if guided by an expert. And we are lucky enough to have a man of infinite expertise at La Meridiana: John Colbeck

He has been of support to Pietro Maddalena in the early years of La Meridiana as international expert, teaching the fundamentals of ceramics and throwing to a generation of Italian potters, many of them professionals today . His elegance and his all british aplomb are a myth, as is his knowledge that has the depth and vastness of an ocean. And he is John Colbeck while he is checking on glaze tests made at La meridiana International School of Ceramcis in Tuscanyloved for its profound humanity. Chemical formulas and physical processes, ingredients and their combinations unfold with ease in his lectures which are always accompanied by images and examples. As a result of 30 years of research activity tests are abundant at La Meridiana. John will teach an intense weekend on high temperature clay bodies and glazes 8 and 9 of March 2014. It is guided by the motto- Where ceramic has no secrets . A motto that is a tribute to all the potters who over time have shared and continue to share their knowledge and experience, making the potter’s a real community.
For details about the weekend workshop click below.Glaze tests of high temperature glaze