workshop di ceramica

Basic pottery courses / Contaminations

We release dreams through our senses


Starting in March 2017, a series of Basic Ceramics Courses will begin at the Carlo Zauli Museum, themed workshops involving the use of ceramics in synergy with other disciplines, linked together by a single thread that is that of sensoriality and listening to the self. The first three appointments will be workshops where we can experience our most poetic side.

Ceramics and cooking.

Ceramic objects and cooking are linked by millennia of history and culture. In this workshop we will be able to identify containers, shapes and utensils made of faience, stoneware or porcelain that can stimulate and enhance the individual properties of food. The textures and shapes of the objects we will make can enhance our olfactory and taste capabilities of a particular beverage or food dear to us.

Ceramics and plant elements.

Through hikes along paths along riverbanks and in the woods, in direct contact with nature, we will observe the colours and shapes of plants, grass, flowers, and collect plant elements, berries, leaves, and bark as inspiration for the second phase of work in the workshop: the translation of plant elements into real ceramic works that represent ourselves and our creativity by experimenting with different ceramic techniques.

The pottery, the rain, the wind.

Thanks to a strange alchemy, we will study and create kinetic 'machines' which, by means of rain or wind, will come alive with sound or movement. We will be able to identify particular shapes that will come alive with their own life through the force of atmospheric agents, transforming themselves into musical instruments or kinetic machines capable of freeing our dreams.

Monica Zauli

Monica Zauli, daughter of art, architect and artist, will introduce participants to the 'paradise' of ceramics, telling about the child who observed her father's work and what she learned from him about materials, tools and techniques. Monica will follow the work with clay through to firing, giving advice, offering alternatives and reminding us of the rules of Art when necessary.


Courses take place in the historic workshops inside the museum where the evocative atmosphere of the place and the layering of work on ceramics is clearly perceptible. Here, involvement is inevitable and the spirit of the place pervades the soul.

Technical Information

Each participant will be provided with a personal workstation on large communal tables and a tool kit comprising clay loaves, sticks, spatulas and all that will be needed to create their own object that can be taken home at the end of the course.

The courses are aimed at a minimum number of 8 participants up to a maximum number of 15.

The days are organised in two phases, 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon, from 9.30 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 17.00.

Any needs or requests or customisation of the course can be agreed upon with the group organisation.

The courses can also be conducted in foreign languages, English and French; there is no need for an additional translator and therefore no additional cost.

At the end of the course, a Certificate of Participation will be issued and participants will be able to collect the object they made. Any shipping costs are excluded from the cost of the course.

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