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#21 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:43 AM

we'll be hand building pots for raku and obvara. The shop gets set up for one or the other.The 'raku dolce' process is very particular to pull the pots at the temperature when the orange terra sig vitrifies. Pietro uses a heat reading gun for following the drop in temp. We do this for about 2 x per person's pots. That is about 44 pieces. Then we Obvara fire. If you want to bring one or 2 thrown pieces for obvara, please keep them in the 4-5" max dimension. Burnish with terra sig and bisque to 09 or 08. You will be able to make pieces for the obvara firing in Italy as well. The description of the schedule is make pieces on Sunday, this is for both raku and obvara. Monday fire raku. Wed. fire obvara. Pietro will also do some demos and discuss tools, mediterranean traditions, etc.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:15 AM

Wow, seriously a 22" carry on?  I wasn't thinking of packing quite that light but maybe I will have to rethink it.  Can we arrange shipping for the pots we make?  I know we are only making a couple of small ones but I want to make sure I can get them home.
 
I took a naked raku workshop a while ago and they were very insistent that we had to have long sleeves and pants and closed toes shoe for the firing.  It that necessary with the firing you are doing?  I wan't planning on taking closed toed shoes.
 
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We are taking small overnight needs to Faenza. You can send a larger bag from Florence to Certaldo with Claudia. I don't know if there is an elevator in the Certaldo hotel. We take a small train from Florence to Faenza. Luggage can not block the aisles so it needs to go overhead or under seats.Coming in from the airport by bus is no problem for larger bags because the bus has storage.
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#23 Denny Holmes

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 12:07 PM

Hello Fellow Travelers,

My wife, Sharyn, and I are finalizing our packing and looking forward me meeting everyone.  We will be touring a few days in advance so maybe we will be seasoned Italian tourists by the time we meet.  

 

My ceramic work can be seen on Facebook---'Denny Holmes Pottery'.  My resume is attached.   

 



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Posted 16 May 2014 - 09:19 AM

Welcome Denny.
Here is my suitcase from a trip last fall for a month on the road in Europe. I roll the clothes and use a rubber band to keep them compressed. Wear a sweater or light jacket on the plane.Carry pots on the tote. Yes you can ship from La Meridiana but it is expensive. See you soon. One week from Sunday.
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Posted 17 May 2014 - 08:00 AM

***IMPORTANT***
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For those who have not travelled in Italy before, remember when boarding a train, you need to punch the time clock on the platform. "Validating" the ticket is required by law and not doing it can result in a fine.
Just watch others on the platform and follow their suit.

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#26 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 09:49 AM

Have a save trip and a great time in Tuscany, all of you! See you soon in Certaldo. Evelyne


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#27 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 06:46 AM

Marsha,
For the obvara, bring one if you want the crackle surface.Not sure what clay we'll be getting. We have Sunday to make pieces burnish for the Dolce Raku and the Obvara.

You can help with the pulling for the obvara if you like. It is fun. Lots of splashing water. If you drop it in, there's its of steam.
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Posted 22 May 2014 - 07:41 AM

Rain in the forecast for the beginning of the week. Then it gets hot! Looking forward to the whole experience with new people. Ciao! See you Sunday for dinner!.

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#29 Carolyn Dorr

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 08:33 AM

For all who are going on the trip be sure to tag your pictures in social media with #ceramicsintuscany4; That way everyone call follow our adventure through Italy.  Looking forward to meeting everyone!


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 02:26 PM

3. Be prepared for puntura di insetto or better known as mosquito/bug bites.   ... the mountain mosquitoes were large and their bites were unpleasant.  

 

 

One of the best remedies for mosquitos are - fly swatters!!  While the air from you hands actually push the mosquitos away, air flow thru the swatters

deal the bugs a swat of death.  And while there the insect sprays, there is always those 6 mosquitos that ignore them and seem like a swarm when your

hand misses each one about 10 times.   I only hope there is some type of swatters sold in Italy.

See you later.

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 12:19 AM

We had our welcome dinner at Il Vicorio (the Vicor)..an old structure
Next to the Town Hall. you can follow us on Facebook at the Potters Council page.
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#32 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 07:57 AM

Finally I'am able to post a few pictures of the Potters Council member visit to La Meridiana in Certaldo, beginning of June. Unfortunately most of the pictures are too big for the forum (even after resizing them to the smalles possible size). I will send all the pictures to Marcia on a CD and she can send them to the participants when she's back from Italy.

Below you see pictures of a wedging and throwing demo of Pietro Maddalena, and of the Obvara firing adventure. It was a beautiful day with lots of PC members in good spirits.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:17 PM

Back from Italy. here are a few pics from the studio visits in Faenza during the PC Tuscany IV tour

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:11 AM

Some museums we visited in Faenza were Carlo Zauli who was a contemporary of Voulkos and very big in Japan in the 1990s.
Zauli had a traveling solo show in Japan in the 1990s including Tokyo, Kyoto, Oifu(?) and Hagi. .His outdoor work is monumental in scale.Smaller work is inside in the museum. The broken circle was a happy accident and started him on the road to abstract expressionism in clay. I like his work better than Voulkos which is a very subjective opinion. I find it more sensual and appealing.
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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:16 PM

see my post in "getting the perfect polish for terra sig
http://community.cer...from-terra-sig/
for more pictures of our orange and black terra sig firing with Paola Paronetto from Venezia.
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