“Clay and the wheel” Follow Lesson no. 1 by Maestro Servadei

lesson N°1

The workshop, where tradition and innovation come together

At the Ceramica Gatti 1928 workshop we find a meeting place between ancient traditions and a spirit of innovation. All the artworks and decor items produced here are the outcome of careful study, conducted to achieve the perfect balance between colour and form. There is care here, but there's also a passionate involvement in ones craft, and team spirit. This is why each and every product is so unique, so impeccable!

The Corona, a work produced by Ceramica Gatti 1928

Davide opens the door to his workshop. Step by step, in 6 lessons, he walks us through the methods of past eras and the latest innovations. During his lessons we shall learn how to make a crown-shaped vessel which is very much in demand at the moment. This decor item is one of the triumphs of the old Ceramica Gatti 1928 workshop.

Choosing your clay

If it's ceramics we're talking about, then we must start out from the clay. Davide shows us the various commercially available clays (these are refractory or fine, of differing colours, each just right for a specific use). For our crown, or Corona, the ideal clay is a fine one. Perfect for glazing later on!

We use clay that comes from around here. Because it contains a small quantity of iron, the clay is yellow-pink.

From drawing to wheel

For ceramics too, we must start out with a drawing. It all starts with a sketch done by hand. We then digitally process the sketch, this providing us with even more accurate proportions. When we have our CAD drawing, we can then model the clay on the wheel. Here, there's no alternative. You require great manual and artistic skills if the earthenware is going to assume the desired shape. The wheel turns at a constant speed. We work the clay only through the pressure of our hands, aided only by a wet sponge and a small metal bar, allowing us to adjust the shape and get rid of flaws. We then remove the vessel from the wheel using a wire. The vessel then dries out for two days.

The area in which the drying takes place is kept at room temperature, and the ventilation is natural. The water therefore evaporates slowly, leaving the mass of clay.

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ceramic art course

In 6 lessons, Davide Servadei shows us how to turn earth into artistic earthenware of the first order.

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the programme

  • 12_01_2015 12_01_2015
  • 19_01_2015 19_01_2015
  • 26_01_2015 26_01_2015
  • 02_02_2015 02_02_2015
  • 09_02_2015 09_02_2015
  • 16_02_2015 16_02_2015

Lesson n° 1

Studying the object you wish to create. Choosing the right clay to make the ceramic Corona (crown).

Lesson n° 2

The wheel, and the top-class manual skills you need to create unique forms. How to create the base, and the details of the Corona. Getting kiln firing just right!

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Lesson n° 3

From terracotta to majolica. How to glaze and finish objects after kiln firing.

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Lesson n° 4

Manual decoration. Creating the perfect colours and the techniques that bring out each and every nuance.

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Lesson n° 5

How to fix the colours and add gloss to the Corona. Applying iridescence and detailed gilding work. Final kiln firing and the finished Corona.

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Lesson n° 6

The reflection technique. The secrets of the Ceramica Gatti 1928 firm and its extraordinarily unique products.

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