Workshops Archive

Corso Base Officinesaffi 6

FOUNDATION COURSE

The foundation course is designed to provide the fundamental concepts and practical skills necessary for working with clay, from the design of an object to its creation using the principal techniques of manual construction.

Details

During each course, students will make simple forms, practical and decorative objects of many different types. Practical sessions will be accompanied by the observation of historic and modern works in ceramics, from the areas of artistic production and design.

The courses are designed for small groups, so that each student can receive close attention. Students will be encouraged to perform exercises that provide an introduction to the dynamics of forms, and simple projects preceding actual construction: they will be the starting point for the definition of the next cycle of objects made in the advanced course.

In the final stages of the course, students will be provided with basic knowledge of the properties and preparation of clay, the use of ceramic coatings, and techniques of firing in electric kilns. Objects will be decorated with slip and glazes.

Cost for 5 lessons: 250 euro

+ membership card 5 € (valid for 12 months)
The card will be given at the beginning of the course

Foundation course evening:
start of course: Tuesday 7 May
end of course: Tuesday 4 June
from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
sold out

Foundation course evening:
start of course: Tuesday 8 May
end of course: Tuesday 5 June
from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

For information: corsi@officinesaffi.com; T. 02 36685696

REGISTRATION:
Before enrolling, please contact us by phone or email to check availability.

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Maiolino 1

La presenza dell'assenza

On the occasion of the solo show by Anna Maria Maiolino, O AMOR SE FAZ REVOLUCIONÁRIO, Officine Saffi runs two workshops at PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea.

Details

Following a guided tour focused on the sculptu

Following a guided tour of the exhibition with a focus on the artist's sculptural production, we will work with clay and cement, between concave and convex, solids and voids. Each participant will take his sculpture home.
The laboratory is realized with the collaboration of the didactic office of PAC.

Two dates:
12 May 2019, 3 pm sold out
26 May 2019, 3 pm

€ 10 + special exhibition ticket € 4

By reservation at didattica@pacmilano.it

Workshop venue:
PAC, via Palestro 14, Milan


Robert Cooper Workshop

DECORATION AND READYMADE

Robert Cooper's workshop will be focused on the creation of different objects through several techniques of decoration and assembly typical of the production of the artist.

Details

Robert Cooper's workshop will develop around the assembly technique as a method for creating and constructing works of different shapes and sizes. The student will be invited to produce a wide range of shapes and objects obtained from the pressure of clay on plaster and ceramic molds, but also through the slab and colombine technique. During the preparation of the objects, the artist will demonstrate a series of decoration techniques with engobes and glazes: printing on plaster surfaces, silk-screen printing on ceramics, carving on clay and plaster, use of papers and fabrics for the creation of textures and surfaces through pressure or immersion in clay, painting with engobes and enamels.
Through these techniques each participant will have the opportunity to realize his own artistic object with an original and personalized decoration!

This workshop is ideal for beginners and intermediates.
The course will be held in English and will be translated into Italian.

Limited seats

sold out

For further informations::
 corsi@officinesaffi.com 
tel. 02 36 68 56 96


The workshop will take place:
Saturday 16 March from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm
Sunday 17 March from 10am to 1pm and from 2 to 5pm

Price: 290 euro

+ 5 euro membership card (valid for 12 months)
the card will be delivered at the beginning of the course

Robert Cooper , british ceramist of consolidated fame and success, has been exhibiting for many years in both the United Kingdom and other countries.

His studio, where he works and collects all the materials that he uses in his pieces, is in the characteristic Vanguard Court area in south London. His work is based on the reinterpretation of various objects and materials that give his pieces a powerful narrative content.
He is fascinated by the persistence and transformation of objects, and, as starting-points for his works, he often uses found objects, such as ceramic fragments that he picks up on the banks of the Thames, and other recycled items infused with their own life and a preceding function.
He recovers and re-uses a variety of materials, including clays, oxides, glazes, waste materials from his lessons, ceramic transfers, printed motifs from industrial culture, and even parts of preceding works, recombining them and creating a new narrative that gives the final object new life, with additional, multiple layers of meanIng.

www.robertcooper.net


Corso Base Officinesaffi 4

Advanced Course

This course is considered as the continuation and completion of the foundation ceramics course. We provide a detailed excursus that begins with the study of historical and modern works in ceramics, from the areas of artistic production and design.

Details

The next step is the design of a complex form, and the study of its feasibility using the various possible processes for its creation in clay. The skills of manual construction acquired in the foundation course are developed and refined: coiling, slab construction and pinch-pots.
This will be followed by a study of surface finish, and objects will be decorated and glazed according to the final effects required. Students can use both slips and glazes.

Cost for 5 lessons: 250 euro

+ membership card 5 € (valid for 12 months)
The card will be given at the beginning of the course

Advanced course evening:
start of course: Wednesday 19 November
end of course: Wednesday 17 December
from 7 pm to 9 pm

Advanced course day time:
start of course: Wednesday 21 November
end of course: Wednesday 19 December
from 10.30 am to 12.30 am

For information: corsi@officinesaffi.com; T. 02 36685696

REGISTRATION:
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Portrait Shozo Michikawa Bn

Demonstration by Shozo Michikawa

Shozo Michikawa is an international renowned Japanese artist. Michikawa will demonstrate his personal throwing techniques as a creative tool to explore several phases of work: alteration of form, composite shapes, cutting and faceting clay and throwing de

Details

Tuesday, 13 November
from 3pm to 5pm
free entry by reservation only


Oh Onggi Officine Saffi

Onggi, building tradition

The Korean artist Hyangjong Oh will hold a workshop/demonstration in the garden of the Carlo Zauli Museum on the occasion of Argillà Italia, Friday 31 August 2018.

Details

The artist will make a 2meter tall Onggi vase.
The Onggi vases were born in 4000 BC for the stocking of sauces and foods to be fermented; the high percentage of sand present in the clay allows the air to filter through the walls of the vase. 
Participants will learn the buliding technique and they will actively participate in the creation of the vase-sculpture.

Dates and times:
Friday 31 August, 10.30am - 2pm

Venue:
Museo Carlo Zauli,
Via della Croce, 6, Faenza

Cost of participation:
Free

Numbers of participants:
Free 

How to apply:
sending an email to info@officinesaffi.com

Info:
info@officinesaffi.com
+39 02 36685696


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Course of Decoration

The Course of Decoration enables participants to learn the principal decorative techniques applied to the surfaces of ceramic objects.

Details

During the course, various techniques of decoration will be used, including sgraffito (scratching) and paper resist, with coloured slips and pigments. 

The various methods of working on the surface, using different patterns and textures, will also be demonstrated.

Price for 5 lessons: 250 euro

+ membership card 5 € (valid for 12 months)
The card will be given at the beginning of the course

start of course: Thursday 2nd May
end of course: Thursday 30th May
from 7pm to 9pm

For further information: corsi@officinesaffi.com tel. 02 36 68 56 96

REGISTRATION:
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Candlestick

Mixing up and Making

Workshop by Robert Cooper

Details

Robert Cooper's workshop will develop around the assembly technique as a method for creating and constructing works of different shapes and sizes. The student will be invited to produce a wide range of shapes and objects obtained from the pressure of clay on plaster and ceramic molds, but also through the slab and colombine technique. During the preparation of the objects, the artist will demonstrate a series of decoration techniques with engobes and glazes: printing on plaster surfaces, silk-screen printing on ceramics, carving on clay and plaster, use of papers and fabrics for the creation of textures and surfaces through pressure or immersion in clay, painting with engobes and enamels.
The shapes will be subsequently decorated, modeled and assembled together with the aim of creating a unique and personal composition.

The workshop is open to everyone. It is not necessary to have previously attended pottery courses.
The course will be held in English and will be translated into Italian.

Limited seats

Registration deadline 20 February 2018

SOLD OUT

The workshop will take place:
Saturday 10 March from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm
Sunday 11 March from 10am to 1pm and from 2 to 5pm

Price: 290 euro

+ 5 euro membership card (valid for 12 months)
the card will be delivered at the beginning of the course


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Layered forms

Workshop by Rafael Pérez

Details

The workshop with Rafael Pérez comprises learning about two of the artist's personal techniques and working with them. In the first part of the workshop, participants concentrate on clay's sculptural qualities and its possibilities of shape and form, exploring the material's strength by cutting and impacting it. In the second phase, the layering technique, for which the artist is famous, will be presented: his works are hallmarked by multiple layers of clay, with alternating pigmentation and thicknesses. The various combinations of surfaces and forms offered by this technique will be examined.

In addition, the workshop will include a part dedicated to painting on ceramics. The artist will demonstrate the “vidriadas en blanco” technique, in which over-glaze pigments are used on a glazed surface.

“My work is a game that interests and involves me. I search for beauty, or rather a state of mind, or a vision, that enables me to discover surprise and emotion”.

Rafael Pérez is an internationally-famous Spanish artist. His work is appreciated all over the world. He attained a diploma in ceramics at the Escola Massana in Barcelona, and he has been a member of the International Academy of Ceramics since 2007. His work has been exhibited at the International Ceramics Competition in Mino, and in many galleries and museums, in Spain and internationally.

Dates and hours:

18 November 2017 - from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm

19 November 2017 - from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm

Price: 290 euro

+ membership card 5 € (valid for 12 months)
The card will be given at the beginning of the course

REGISTRATION:
Before enrolling, please contact us by phone or email to check availability 

Download here the subscription form

Limited places


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Introduction to the art of Kintsugi

The introduction course to Kintsugi with Iku Nishikawa.

Details

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. Kintsugi is a very popular practice in Japan and in the whole world. Kintsugi has many similarities with the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, that is embracing the transience and imperfection.

Less known are the timing that this procedure takes. You need around three weeks to repair a small area filling it with gold.
The workshop led by Iku Nishikawa is a beginners guide to Kintsugi. It will take only a day to repair the damaged area plus a week of drying. Iku uses few short cuts and alternative materials to let the students have an immediate result and let them take home the ceramic piece.

For the workshop please bring a broken piece that you would like to “repair” or a unbroken one that the teacher will break and than repaired by yourself. We suggest to bring two or three pieces. 
Please be aware, your piece will not be completed during the workshop hours.  Please bring a box to store your ceramic and take it back with you.

Iku Nishikawa has learned the craft through participation in a series of masterclass events in Oxford and learning alongside a Kintsugi masters. In 2014 Iku helped to organize a series of Kintsugi events at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The following year Iku was asked to run a masterclass at the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Dates and hours:

Saturday October 21st 2017 

Participants will divided in two groups:
First group: 10am - 1.30pm
Second group: 3pm - 6.30pm 

Price: 150€ (kit included in the price)
+ membership card 5 € (valid for 12 months)
The card will be given at the beginning of the course

Deadline: 29th September 2017

Info: corsi@officinesaffi.com - tel: 02 36 68 56 96