Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tony's Pizza, Tony's Clip Joint and Tony's Club Mud

There are some spaces in my Spinning your Wheels at La Meridiana in Tuscany. I thought I'd post the itinerary for any of you that might be tempted to spend two weeks making some pots in one of the most inspirational settings I can imagine. Every hour has something planned with some great side trips to Volterra which has the most fantastic collection of Etruscan pots you will ever lay eyes on. The visit to "Super Mario" the big pot man is worth the price of admission. This guy puts on a performance. I do also the idea of a spaghetti night watching  a spaghetti western. Bring your chaps and lassos.  As for the firing we have the option of either a soda or carbon trap shino firing. Both excite me.
We will make and talk about our work each day. I have been thinking about Italy this week.  It's such a civilized place with awesome food, wine and in a incredible facility. It's sneaking up on me.
Here are some crazy ewers I made after visiting the museum in Volterra. I need another fix.


http://www.lameridiana.fi.it/pottery-workshops-tony-clennell-42-15.htm


 Spinning the Wheels – Programme Schedule Day
Studio work
Around the studio works ( this is a flexible proposal and will be adjusted according to the ceramic needs)
Sunday
Arrival between 3 and 7 pm., with pick up at Certaldo train station at 6 pm.
8pm Opening dinner hosted by La Meridiana
Monday
Introduction to the studio and studio rules
Start studio work
8:30 Welcome breakfast
12:30 lunch
2 pm shuttle to Certaldo alto for inspiration and to the supermarket for groceries for your daily needs
Dinner on own.
Tuesday
Morning critique
Demo and making
12:30 lunch
5:30 pm Wine tasting and light dinner in Barberino. This is a pleasant introduction to many aspects of Tuscan live style!
Wed
Morning critique
Demo and making
12:30 lunch
Studio open late ( 10:00 pm) with pizza delivery at 7.30 pm
Thurs
Morning critique
Demo and making
12:30 lunch
4:30 pm Coffea break with local Honey tasting
Friday
Morning critique
Demo and making
12:30 lunch
5:00 pm Introduction to Boccaccio, the medieval novelist, then trip to Certaldo alto, Boccaccio’s birthplace. Dinner in Certaldo
Saturday
Morning critique
Demo and making
12:30 lunch
Spaghetti cooking demo and dinner and Movie night with Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti western.
Sunday
Studio closed
Day trip to Volterra and the “handle museum”. Lunch and dinner on-own
Monday
Finish Work
12:30 lunch
2 pm shuttle to Certaldo for groceries
Tuesday
Bisq
Day trip to Siena Lunch and dinner on-own
Wed
Decorating and Glazing
12:30 lunch
Thurs
Firing/ cooling
Day trip through the Chianti area and to visit Mario Mariani, a traditional potter who makes the big, traditional terracotta containers. On to Greve and marvelous Chianti hills.
Friday
Open kiln, clean workspace,
12:30 lunch
2 pm Visit to San Gimignano. See studio of Franco Balducci
www.francobalducci.com
8 pm Closing dinner
Saturday
Departure
Shuttle to Certaldo train station





3 comments:

smartcat said...

Oh, if only! Toes crossed for lots of your crazy, inspirational posts.

Anonymous said...

I was looking into taking your course in Italy (along with a friend) until I read one of your blogs a few weeks ago. You were talking about how much you hate teaching beginner potters and what a chore it is to teach them how to centre. Since I am a beginner I have decided not to take a course from you. I don't want to take from someone who finds it such a chore to teach me.

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.