Workshops Archive

Corso Smalti

SMALTI LUCIDI E MATT

High Temperature

Details

After a certain time dedicated to theory, during which the various characteristics and functions of the materials used will be explained, using images and test samples, participants will perform their own tests in order to identify the effects best suited to their tastes and requirements.

Particular attention will be dedicated to gloss and satin glazes, suitable for finishing objects for practical use and for furnishing.

The workshop will be held on Sunday 2 February, from 11.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and then from 2.00 p.m. until 6.30 p.m.
Monday 3 February, from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., an optional meeting for those who wish to discuss the results of the tests fired during the night.


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DESIGN JEWELRY DI LUCA TRIPALDI (secondo livello)

24-26 May 2013

Details

The workshop takes place over the course of three consecutive days, and it has two objectives: experimenting with techniques of surface finish and glazing, and jewellery design, exploring the potential of the materials that can be used during the design phase and the construction of the jewellery piece.

First day: performing texts on surface finish techniques and glazing, creation of pieces in black and white porcelain on which to apply the decoration techniques that have been learned.

Second day: discussion of the results of the tests fired during the night; experimenting with metallic lustre glazes and transfers on test pieces. Application of glazing techniques learned the previous day, working on the pieces made by the participants and high-temperature-fired during the night.

Third day: discussion of the results of tests on lustre glazes and transfers, and the application of these techniques on some of the pieces made during the first day. Assembly of pieces to create porcelain jewellery items.

To take part in the advanced Jewellery Design course, participants must have already taken the foundation course, Matt Jewellery.


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MAT JEWELRY DI LUCA TRIPALDI (primo livello)

22-23 May 2013 Course dedicated to the creation of small sculptures in porcelain, jewellery items with simple lines and colours.

Details

Techniques of modelling and surface finish
The workshop takes place over the course of a total of 15 hours, subdivided into two consecutive days.
Wednesday from 12.00 midday to 2.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and then from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Participants will learn how to make rings and components for necklaces and earrings, using a single colour of porcelain, using various techniques of surface texturing and finish. They will learn how to make plaster moulds.

Layered colour techniques

Thursday, from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and then from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
The techniques used include marbling and inlays using coloured porcelain, shellac, and finishing techniques applied to pieces fired during the night.


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“NON È TUTTO ORO QUEL CHE LUCCICA!” DI MARIA AGOZZINO

Course of jewellery in porcelain stoneware decorated with slip, glaze and lustre glazes (gold, silver, platinum)

Details

Presentation
Maria Agozzino
uses fireclay (a clay typical of northern European countries) instead of majolica, but with all the brightness of colour and the Baroque decoration characteristic of her native Sicily by means of the skilful application of coloured slips and lustre glazes, applying traditional Mediterranean techniques.
In consideration of the techniques used, the course is run on four consecutive days, for a total of 21 hours, from Thursday to Sunday.

Thursday 31 January: from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
- basic information on materials and the techniques used
- modelling fireclay to make brooches, pendants, earrings, rings and necklaces;
- modelling by hand and using moulding techniques (moulds, lace, webbing materials, textured sheets, corrugated cardboard...)
- drying

Friday 1 February: from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
- decoration with slip (coloured clay) and finishing with glaze
- first firing at 1,240°
- cooling

Saturday 2 February: from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
- decoration using lustre glazes, gold, silver and platinum
- second firing at 750°
- cooling

Sunday 3 February: from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
- assembly of components to create the final jewellery piece
- consignment of jewellery

Enrolment
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Officine Saffi LAB Open Day

Officine Saffi Lab launches its new programme of foundation courses in December. This time, the focus is on fireclay!

Details

Don't miss the chance to try the exciting technique of wheel-throwing, with guidance from an expert, Giuseppe Laschera.
Come along to our Open Day on Monday 3 December!

Times:
10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.: Presentation and demonstrations of foundation courses
2.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m.: Presentation and demonstrations of foundation courses, and wheel-throwing performance


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MATE JEWELRY DI LUCA TRIPALDI

Course for making small sculptures in porcelain, jewellery pieces with elemental lines and colours.

Details

Modelling and surface finish techniques
The workshop lasts a total of 18 hours, subdivided into three consecutive days
Friday 9 November: from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and then from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Participants will learn how to make rings and components for necklaces and earrings using porcelain of a single colour, applying different texturing techniques to finish the surfaces. Students will also learn how to prepare plaster moulds.

Colour layering techniques
Saturday 10 November, from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and then from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Marbling and inlay techniques will be developed with coloured porcelain body. The pieces prepared on Friday and fired during the night will be finished.

Filigree techniques with paperclay
Sunday 11 November, from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
The paperclay technique will be explored. The pieces made on Saturday and fired during the night will be finished, and likewise the pieces made on Friday and fired at high temperature.


Martha

MASTERCLASS MARTHA PACHÒN - GIOIELLI CALDI

A course for making jewellery using coloured fireclay body. The "Agateware," "Slab" and "Mishima" techniques are developed in detail.

Details

Presentation
These techniques give the ceramist a wide range of expression both in jewellery construction and in the decoration of sculpture, furnishing pieces or design items. They are special fireclay techniques, used for decoration and modelling, and permitting effects of high contrast and creativity.
The techniques are based on the use of coloured body. They were developed in China and Japan, and became familiar and widely-used in Europe only centuries later.
There are many variations of the techniques presented in this course. Those chosen are Agateware, Mishima and slab construction, because they permit great freedom and imagination, and produce jewellery of striking visual effect. They can be used to make one-off pieces, or small series. Fireclay, with its warm contrasts, provides a feel of exotic passion, giving the jewellery piece great character and personality.

Methods
Lessons are entirely practical, with theoretical notions on coloured clay.

The learning process is based on demonstration, direct material handling and a number of different exercises, in which creative freedom can be expressed. A finished object will be made for each of the techniques studied.

Students
The workshop is ideal for all those interested in hand modelling techniques and the creation of jewellery. A degree of experience in the field of ceramics is advisable.

Times
The course is developed over a total of 18 hours, subdivided into three consecutive days, from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October.

“Agateware” technique
Friday 5 October: from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
I. Coloured clays, the agateware technique, artists working with agate.
II. Knowledge and use of ceramic materials and tools.
III. Preparing the clay, construction, finishing, drying.
IV. Exercise consisting of the design and construction of a jewellery piece or a small series.
V. Possible combinations and alternative techniques.
VI. Conclusions.

“Slab” technique
Saturday 6 October: from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
I. Theoretical and technical explanations, artists who work with mosaic.
II. Knowledge and use of ceramic materials and tools.
III. Methods of cutting and building using slab rollers, rolling pin, finishing and drying.
IV. Exercise consisting of the design and construction of a jewellery piece or a small series.
V. Possible combinations and alternative techniques.

“Mishima” technique
Sunday 7 October: from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by a lunchbreak, and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
I. History, theory, the artists who use this technique.
II. Knowledge and use of ceramic materials and tools.
III. Methods of preparing material for moulding.
IV. Principal Mishima techniques, finishing and drying.
V. Exercise consisting of the design and construction of a jewellery piece or a small series.
VI. Possible combinations and alternative techniques.

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Roberts

David Roberts

A day with David Roberts, in order to discover first-hand the ceramic artist’s oeuvre, and the themes that have inspired him over the course of thirty years’ work.

Demonstrations of his techniques, and explanations of the secrets embodied in the pieces on display.

Details

Course times

Saturday 24 September from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Programme

1- Introduction to the origins and development of the artist’s oeuvre
2- Presentation, with slides, on the influences that inspired the artist
3- Demonstration of coiling techniques

Lunch

4- Presentation, with slides, of his work over the last 30 years
5- Practical demonstration of the decoration and glazing techniques as seen in the pieces on display
6- Presentation, with slides, of pieces as fired during summer workshops
7- Conclusions: future developments, questions and answers

Enrolment
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Price 150 Euro

For information, tel. 02.36685696 – e-mail: corsi@officinesaffi.com