Purpose of the course: The course deepens the essential ceramic techniques for 2D and 3D design in the ceramic and related fields. The student can understand what potential there is and which techniques and technologies are fundamental for designing ceramic artefacts.
What you will learn: With this course the student learns the essential techniques, problems, materials and substances that make up ceramics, thus acquiring a personal wealth of skills that can lead him or her to design and customize ceramic objects for interior furnishings, as tableware, for street furniture and for the garden.
Artefacts: All the artefacts made by the students are their property and will be handed to them at the end of the course.
Certification: Certificate of attendance and participation and the training booklet of the Centre for Ceramics Experimentation of Montelupo
TECHNICAL and HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION
- Ceramic production in art: from Della Robbia to Donatello and Niccolò dell’Arca
- The technical revolution spread by Luca Della Robbia
- The ceramic technique of the designers of the 1900s
- The ceramic productions of the designers of the 20th century
- The designers who learnt from and in and had relationships with Montelupo (Sottsass, Paladino, Calatrava, Thun etc.)
- Analysis and experimentation of low and high relief modelling: problems related to their creation, clay mixes and their characteristics
- Analysis of coatings: substances, glazes, paints, colours and pigments and their technical applications on ceramics
- Learning the technical potential applicable in the design of functional ceramic products
- Analysis and problems of firing single and serial copies
- Problems of serial production with ceramic products
- Current and advanced technologies: laser engraving and 3D printing applied to ceramic design and construction
- More appropriate techniques for the production of serial products
- Technical evaluations for the design of ceramic products
- Experimentation and modelling exercises in high and low relief to understand technical problems and for correct design execution
- Experimentation and decorative exercises to understand technical problems and for correct design execution: coatings (glazes, crystalline glazes, frits)
- Exercises to detect problems in shaping of artefacts or works of particularly complex shape: problems of structural collapse, problems of drying and fracture, process defects
- Manufacturing firing: problem analysis, operating temperatures, firing management
- Technical tests on preconstituted products
- Practical demonstration of ceramic production by addition and subtraction of material
* The course is open to anyone but highly recommended for professionals in the design sector, designers, architects. All materials and objects necessary for the practical conduct of the lessons are provided by the school and included in the price.