Workshops Archive


Layered forms

Workshop by Rafael Pérez


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

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

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Limited places

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Introduction to the art of Kintsugi

The introduction course to Kintsugi with Iku Nishikawa.


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: - tel: 02 36 68 56 96

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Vessels of stories

Workshop with Riccardo Biavati


The workshop is focused on different kind of decorations, using slips, oxides and ash glazes, typical materials representative of the artist’s work. The students will concentrate on the element of the bowl, as a container of images, shapes and possible stories.

During the workshop the students will start to work first on bisque surfaces, applying ash glazes, slips and wax crayons for ceramics. After this initial step, the students will work with different kind of clays to create shapes, coil technique, decorations with brushes and engraving on plaster moulds.

Dates and hours:

10 June 2017 - from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm

11 June 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

Deadline submission: 12 May 2017


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Riccardo Biavati
He is the Artistic Director of the Bottega delle stelle for which he created unique works in stoneware clay, modeled and hand painted with enamels specifically designed.
His ceramics are a "tribute to the ancient artifacts, their history... are secret words and glances secrets, flights affectionate and wild nests, village heads, suns and clouds of roofs earthy, enchanted women, the wonders pots, imagined countries. And again queens who rule burrows and roots, guardians of the night skies, animals watching us silently, stoves that heat as memories, bowls like courtyards. Walk your streets, up the steps and enters their small doors."

Officine Saffi Lab Corso Base


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.


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.

At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate, and they will be given the objects that they have made.

Cost for 5 lessons: 250 euro

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

Courses will be every Tuesday starting from October 3rd until October 31st from 7pm to 9pm


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Owen Quinlan


The workshop of Owen Quinlan is focused on the quality of the ceramic surface and shape and the many possibilities of experiment through the combination of clays, and several layers of slips and glazes.


During the workshop the students will also investigate different ceramic objects in their shape, quality, technique and meaning as a part of personal research.

Dates and hours:

4 March 2017 - from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm

5 March 2017 - from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm

Price: 290 euro (VAT, materials, firing included)

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Deadline submission: 10 February 2017

Owen Quinlan is a Galway based artist working in the medium of Ceramics.
He is a graduate of The Centre for Creative Arts & Media GMIT Galway, Cardiff School of Art & Design, and the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramic Design & Skills Course. He has exhibited widely at home and abroad and continues to develop his practice from his home town of Galway.
Past awards for his work include the Axisweb MAstar award in 2011, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Future Makers Award 2013, and more recently the Peter Brennan Pioneering Award 2015. Major exhibitions of his work include a solo exhibition at The National Centre for Craft & Design, UK in 2012. In 2014 he represented Ireland at European Ceramic Context in Denmark, and most recently he has exhibited at Tulca Festival of Visual Arts 2015, in Galway.

My art practice explores the material world and how we have come to inhabit it. Focusing on the innate geological and archaeological attributes of the ceramic medium, my glaze based work is the result of ongoing research into the rocky, molten and primal forces which are central to this practice.

This research has resulted in two aspects to my work; Surface & Form. Both influence and inform one another. The wheel-thrown wall pieces are my interpretation of the Laboratory petri dish, upon which I continually test for new instances and outcomes. As they document evolving combinations of material layers, these findings are then transferred and further developed through the creation of complimentary layered industrial forms.

Through careful control of the firing process, these static forms subsequently transform, resulting in weathered objects existing somewhere between the natural and the man-made. The intention is to create resonant objects with many references to our relationship with materials, but without clear identity regarding past use or function. A successful piece should capture contrasting characteristics and mixed associations, as something which is at once permanent, fleeting, familiar and obscure.

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Photo Transfer - Silvia Celeste Calcagno

The winner of the 59th Faenza Prize will illustrate the relationship between photography and ceramics and how the Photo Transfer can be a technique, as well as a way to investigate reality. 22-23 October 2016


The course aims to build and refine the ability to relate to the image. With a first photographic approach we seek to understand how fundamental it is the choice of photography and its possibilities and potential. The initial experience, in a simple but determined way, will lead to choose the right type of image and the motivation that drives us to transfer it to another material.

Ceramics as support instead of the paper, the transfer mode explained through the projection of slides and bibliographical investigation.
The fundamental role of the single piece made through the repetition of the same image but completely separated from the concept of mass production, often mistakenly associated with the decal.

The experience of each student will be decisive in the outcome of the course depending on how they will relate with the media and how the same result will dialogue with the image.

The decal will become a technique distant from the decoration but means of notification of the reality.

The management of the course, as well as the use of the technique, will follow the rules of subjectivity; a workshop based on the individuality of feeling and of expressing through a reality apparently the same for everyone but radically different for each one.

Dates and hours:

22 October 2016 - from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

23 October 2016 - from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Participation fee: 290€

Info: - 02 36 68 56 96


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Twisted Sculpture // Workshop and demonstration by Shozo Michikawa

Two meetings to discover the dynamics and sculptural forms by the Japanese artist Shozo Michikawa at Argillà Italy, with the unique opportunity to experience the master's techniques. SOLD OUT!


Shozo Michikawa will be demonstrating his unique process of cutting and facetting work that is then expanded on the wheel to produce his dynamic sculptural forms and explore the following areas: altering forms, composite forms, faceting and cutting clay.

The participants who are interested can take turns at the wheel to put into practice the techniques demonstrated. A reasonable skill level on the potter's wheel is necessary.

Dates and times:
Thursday 1st September, 3pm-6.30pm
Friday 2nd September, 10am-1.30pm

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

Cost of participation:

Number of participants:
Max 12 persons per meeting

Inscriptions deadline:
July 29 2016

SOLD OUT! For more information about the waiting list please contact:

Materials available:
4 wheels (participants take turns).
Each participant intending to try the wheel, will have to bring an apron. Clay and tools are provided by the organization.

Organized by:

Logo Argillà 2016          M Zauli        Saffi Big

Technical partners:

Cibas          Shimpo

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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.


During the workshop, the students will experiment slabs, coil and pinch techniques combining with different way of decoration on clay surface: silkscreen, sponges, papers, fabrics, colored slips, glazes and lusters.

The workshop is open to everyone.

After completing the course you will receive a certificate of participation and will be handed the artifacts made by the participants.

Price: 390 euro

The workshop will take place:
Friday 4 March: from 11 am until 2 pm - from 3 pm until 5 pm.
Saturday 5 March: from 10 am until 1 pm - from 2 pm until 5 pm.
Sunday 6 March: from 10 am until 1 pm - from 2 pm until 5 pm.

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Workshop focused on the creation of paperclay bowls throught Guy Van Leemput technique.


The first step of the workshop, will be dedicated to build moulds in clay and porcelain, that will be used as a support for the paperclay work.

The artist will explain also, simple and more complicate techniques to work the paperclay, creating very thin layers through the "baloon technique".

The workshop is open to everyone.


After completing the course you will receive a certificate of participation and will be handed the artifacts made by the participants.

Price: 290 euro

The workshop will take place:
Saturday 13 February: from 10 am until 1 pm - from 2 pm until 5 pm.
Sunday 14 February: from 10 am until 1 pm - from 2 pm until 5 pm.

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Martha Pachon 6


Workshop dedicated to the creation of porcelain jewelry.


Through two ancient techniques born in China and Japan that will be reworked in a modern way, each participant will proceed to the realization of its ewelery.

These techniques include the use of inlay and mosaic using mixtures contrasting colors, giving character and personality to jewelry.

The final part of the course will be dedicated to the assembly and installation.

The course is open to all and aims to provide the principal terms for the use of porcelain in the making of jewelry art.

After completing the course you will receive a certificate of participation and will be handed the artifacts made by the participants.

The workshop will take place:
Friday 27 November: from 11am until 2pm and from 3pm until 5pm
Saturday 28 November: from 10am until 1pm and from 2pm until 5pm
Sunday 29 November: from 10am until 1pm and from 2pm until 5pm