«Maiolica» Courses

A TECHNIQUE FOR DECORATING POTTERY

Interested in discovering something new, in learning, in creating ….   Would you like to learn how to make an authentic object that is both decorative and functional? Learning “maiolica” meets all these criteria , and more!

What is “maiolica”?
It is a technique for decorating pottery that originated in Spain, passing through the island of Mallorca (from which it took its name) and going  through an important development in Italy  in the Renaissance period.
What is particular about the technique is the decoration that is created directly on to a “rawglaze, unlike what happens in “third fire” technique. This is why the decoration penetrates the glaze, and is fused with it when it is fired so that the object in this process is covered in a glossy coating that gives it a unique and long-lasting shine.
The phase of decoration starts from a terracotta object known as “il biscotto” or biscuit, a product of Tuscan craftsmanship which acts as a natural support. Once the object has been selected and prepared, the decorator immerges it in the glaze, so that it is covered by a layer of it. This constitutes the support on which the decoration will be painted. The glaze is made of minerals in the form of powder, diluted in water.  The “decoration” is made with special decorating colours in the form of pigments , also diluted in  water, which are prepared in the studio. There are various possibilities in the choice of decoration, ranging from traditional motives to new creations or even forms of calligraphy. 

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Don’t forget that everything is possible once the technique has been mastered. There are no limits to creative expression, including traditional or modern  themes, and any kind of personalisation.  No basic drawing skills are required, examples to copy are available in the studio, what is really important  is concentration and a passion for learning  the delicacy of the technique used in decorating an object.

During the Maiolica course you will produce a decorated object that, after being fired, will remind you of the magical moment  that you experienced while learning an everlasting traditional technique. Your own creation will bridge tradition and modernity.

The course is run in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, which approaches meditation at the very moment of decoration,  a moment of calm and reflection.

Your creation will be placed in a kiln and fired at  920°, after which it will belong exclusively to you. It will also be a functional object, since this technique makes the decoration permanent. It cannot be cancelled  or worn out over time.

M1 : one day course lasting 6 hours

  • illustration of the Maiolica technique
  • presentation of the different materials and brushes that may be used 
  • decoration of a 15x15 tile, using traditional motives    (decoration already traced on the tile)

 

Supplies:

Use of tools, glazes, colours in sufficient qualities, “biscotti” as specified, instructor, and final firing

 

 

M2 : three day course lasting 18 hours


  • illustration of the Maiolica technique
  • presentation of the different materials and brushes that may be used 
  • decoration of a 15x15 tile, using traditional motives    (decoration already traced on the tile)
  • decoration of a plate with traditional motives  (design is tranferred onto plate using powder)

 

Supplies:

Use of tools, glazes, colours in sufficient qualities, “biscotti” as specified, instructor, and final firing

M3 : six day course lasting 33 hours


  • illustration of the Maiolica technique
  • presentation of the different materials and brushes that may be used 
  • learning the technique of glazing by immersion
  • decoration of a 15x15 tile, using traditional motives   (decoration already traced on the tile)
  • decoration of two plates using traditional motives. Decoration 1 and 2  (design is transferred onto plate using powder)

 

Supplies:

Use of tools, glazes, colours in sufficient qualities, “biscotti” as specified, instructor, and final firing

 

 

 

M4 : 12 day course lasting 66 hours


  • illustration of the Maiolica technique
  • presentation of the different materials and brushes that may be used 
  • learning the technique of glazing by immersion .
  • preparation of the object after grazing and before decoration 
  • decoration of a 15x15 tile, using traditional motives   (decoration already traced on the tile)
  • decoration of two plates using traditional motives. Decoration 1 and 2  (design is transferred onto plate using powder)
  • decoration o fan object of your choice from the “biscotti” available in the studio

 

Supplies:

Use of tools, glazes, colours in sufficient qualities, “biscotti” as specified, instructor, and final firing
3° biscotto choice is not provided but cost is not included
final firing

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corsi di scultura estivi

Glazes and colors are suitable for food use only and can be diluted with water

 

COST in Euros

 

 

M1 : one day course lasting 6 hours         78.00 €
M2 : three day course lasting 18 hours      216.00
M3 : six day course lasting 33 hours        396.00
M4 : 12 day course lasting 66 hours        730.00 €


What is included?:  Use of tools, glazes, colours in sufficient qualities, “biscotti” as specified, instructor, and final firing
What is NOT included? Board, lodgings and transport. Packing and shipping of the pieces (if required)

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Accommodation

FO : single room / double room (in the case of two participants or accompanying person is not participating in our courses of sculpture or tiled) bathroom commonly shared kitchen
AP : single room / double room single / double room (in the case of two participants or accompanying person is not participating in our courses of sculpture or ceramic): private bathroom - shared kitchen
MP : single room / double room (in the case of two participants or accompanying person is not participating in our courses of sculpture or ceramic): private bathroom - kitchen staff

ACCOMMODATION PRICE

FO single 30,00 / double 45.00
AP single 33.00 / double single use 40.00 / double 56.00
MP single 53.00 / double  70.00

DISCOUNTS

POSSIBILITY of DISCOUNTS:

  • by arrangement of the cases according to the case of groups (from a minimum of 3 people)

    if the person wants to avail housing FO the study.

    if the applicant wants to attend more courses in the same year

 

CONTACT

ADDRESS
TELEPHONE
MOBILE
EMAIL
Via Carriona di Colonnata, 41

54033 Carrara (MS)
Italy


+ 39 0585 777000


+39 388 7777000

 

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