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01-2021 – Pietro Maddalena & Franco Rampi – On Centre 2021

01-2021 – Pietro Maddalena & Franco Rampi – On Centre 2021
January 3 – March 27 2021
A residential twelve week course for an in depth training on functional ceramic. Please write to info@lameridiana.fi.it for further information and application.


On Centre is aimed at committed people who wish to develop in-depth skills for a professional approach to clay. It provides rigorous development of throwing skills and visual awareness through focused training and instruction about material and processes.


The primary aim of the course is to help participants achieve confidence and fluency, which comes from the ability to efficiently throw items in quantity. The participants will explore the possibilities and limitations of high fire materials, so that they can be selected, adapted and used with competence.

Teaching method

Continuous training, working in a small group of eight participants and one-on-one attention from the instructors allow consistent progress at an individual pace. The sharing of information, opinion and discovery within the group contributes to this further and will be encouraged in regular group discussions.


Students have a generous working space at their disposal. They will stay and study in the supportive environment of La Meridiana, with logistics like lodging, transportation and lunch taken care of.
Two foremost ceramicists of wide experience will tutor the selected group of eight students.


Pietro Elia Maddalena studied ceramics at the West Surrey College of Art & Design in England. After two more years of work at Dartington Workshop, he returned to Italy where in 1980 he established a studio in Certaldo, near Florence. Pietro is the founder and director of the International School of Ceramics LA MERIDIANA located in Tuscany, Italy. Also instructor and maker he says of himself : “ I am totally and continuously interested in the process of making. I see the craft object as a projection of the human spirit and the culture in which it was nurtured. In elaborating concept, material and process, my ultimate goal is the expression of beauty through sophisticated and sensual forms”. www.pietro.net


Franco Rampi started working as a potter in 1981. After an apprenticeship in England and a cycle of studies in Italy, he went on to open his own studio in Tuscany. With his roots and training in wheel thrown production pottery, Franco’s personal works are individual in their form and idea, experimenting with unusual processes and combinations of clays and slips. He has been one of La Meridiana’s most treasured collaborators over the last decade.

DATE: January 3 – March 27 2021

LEVEL: In- depth training on throwing, glazing, firing and materials.

TOTAL PRICE: Please ask for information at info@lameridiana.fi.it  


Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day
Studio open 12 hours per day
All materials and firings included
Lodging in single room with cooking facilities included
Welcome dinner and final dinner
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days

Cancellation policy

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will have the deposit fully refunded.  No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different course of your choice. The voucher is valid for two years. The deposit will be transferred to the new course.

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