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Jeff Shapiro plans a tour to Italy, with a hands – on portion to La Meridiana. He has been an itinerant ceramicist, a wanderer, a woodfirer, to the end of gathering information, impressions and understanding. His sensitiveness and wit, the sharing of cultural understanding and wide knowledge of ceramic practices will make this trip special. Dates are Oct 23-Nov 5, 2014
Jeff shapiro shown in the studio of Carlo Zauli in FaenzaOutdoor pieces in ceramics by Jeff Shapiro
round pot with dark glaze and lighter, running glaze on top. Wood fired by Jeff ShapiroAltered vessel by Jef f Shapiro, woodfired with beautyful orange tone and richely textured surface

Jeff invitation to join the trip: “I am writing about the upcoming Italy trip I will lead that has been in the works for over a year. It will first be offered to the patrons of Peters Valley Craft Center, and I will be collaborating with my good friend, and the head of the Ceramic Department- Bruce Dehnert. I believe there will be a number of places available to other people outside of the Peters Valley community, although the number of places available is limited due to the intimate settings of studios we will visit. The trip is filled with wonderful #Italianexperiences. Please visit my newly updated web site JEFFSHAPIROCERAMICS.COM to view the detailed itinerary ( press the International Tours tab), and let me know as soon as possible if you or someone you know may be interested.

Jeff Shapiro
Jeff Shapiro has led a number of very successful trips to Japan over the past 25 years. And he has led ceramics programs to Italy as well. He has built 2 wood fired kilns in Italy: 1 near Siena, and 1 in the mountains not far from the Italian Riviera. He has exhibited in Torino and most recently in Faenza from work made at the Carlo Zauli studio. He will lead a workshop in Rome in summer and again in fall.

The programs to Japan and Italy have all been successful due to the intimate relationships that Shapiro has developed with artists and artisans in both countries. This upcoming trip to Italy is also very special in that it draws upon the relationships built up over the past 12 years in Italy. The itinerary is full of ceramic and food related experiences, as well as excursions to some of Italy’s most beloved places. 1 week will be spent in the area of Certaldo, a lovely, historic hilltop town from the Renaissance period. Participants will get to use the ceramic facility at La Meridiana where we will make work, load, and fire. There is no level of experience necessary for this hands on workshop portion of the trip.

If you look at the itinerary, you will see how rich of an experience it will be. Feel free to ask for testimonials from past participants.

Oct 23- Nov 5, 2014
* 2 nights at 5 star hotel in Rome with breakfast
* 1 Dinner in Rome
* Half day private tour of Rome with art historian
* 1 wine tasting and tapas in Rome
* Sistine Chapel
* Private transport from Rome to Todi and Orvieto (full day)
* Artist studio visits in Todi and Orvietto
* Entrance and reservation to Catacombs and church of Orvietto
* 1 night stay at hotel in Orvietto
* Dinner in Orvietto
* Train from Orvietto to Faenza
* 1 night at traditional and historic hotel in Faenza with breakfast
* Dinner at Vittoria
* Train from Faenza to Certaldo
* 7 nights accommodation at La Meridiana
* 7 lunches or dinners at La Meridiana or other venue
* Breakfast each day
* Instruction with Jeff Shapiro in collaboration with Bruce Dehnert
* Introduction by Pietro Maddalena
* Clay, firing and studio space
* Studio open from 8:00am-8:00pm.
* Wine tasting at La Meridiana
* Italian food demonstration
* Admission to 4 museums
* Day trip excursion with private bus to Volterra historic town and
Etruscan museum
* Day trip to San Gimignano
* 1 day trip by train to Siena
* La Meridiana bus from La Meridiana to Florence
* 2 nights stay at 5 star hotel in Florence with breakfast
* Entrance and reservation to Uffizi Museum in Florence
* Farewell dinner in Florence

For further information:
* Jeff Shapiro Jeffshapiro62@gmail.com
* Custom Tours Brian@customtours.org