Workshops Archive

Corso Base Officinesaffi 4

Advanced Course

This course is considered as the continuation and completion of the foundation ceramics course. We provide a detailed excursus that begins with the study of historical and modern works in ceramics, from the areas of artistic production and design.


The next step is the design of a complex form, and the study of its feasibility using the various possible processes for its creation in clay. The skills of manual construction acquired in the foundation course are developed and refined: coiling, slab construction and pinch-pots.
This will be followed by a study of surface finish, and objects will be decorated and glazed according to the final effects required. Students can use both slips and glazes.

Cost for 5 lessons: 250 euro

+ membership card 5 € (valid for 12 months)
The card will be given at the beginning of the course

Advanced course evening:
start of course: Wednesday 19 November
end of course: Wednesday 17 December
from 7 pm to 9 pm

Advanced course day time:
start of course: Wednesday 21 November
end of course: Wednesday 19 December
from 10.30 am to 12.30 am

For information:; T. 02 36685696

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Demonstration by Shozo Michikawa

Shozo Michikawa is an international renowned Japanese artist. Michikawa will demonstrate his personal throwing techniques as a creative tool to explore several phases of work: alteration of form, composite shapes, cutting and faceting clay and throwing de


Tuesday, 13 November
from 3pm to 5pm
free entry by reservation only

Oh Onggi Officine Saffi

Onggi, building tradition

The Korean artist Hyangjong Oh will hold a workshop/demonstration in the garden of the Carlo Zauli Museum on the occasion of Argillà Italia, Friday 31 August 2018.


The artist will make a 2meter tall Onggi vase.
The Onggi vases were born in 4000 BC for the stocking of sauces and foods to be fermented; the high percentage of sand present in the clay allows the air to filter through the walls of the vase. 
Participants will learn the buliding technique and they will actively participate in the creation of the vase-sculpture.

Dates and times:
Friday 31 August, 10.30am - 2pm

Museo Carlo Zauli,
Via della Croce, 6, Faenza

Cost of participation:

Numbers of participants:

How to apply:
sending an email to

+39 02 36685696

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Course of Decoration

The Course of Decoration enables participants to learn the principal decorative techniques applied to the surfaces of ceramic objects.


During the course, various techniques of decoration will be used, including sgraffito (scratching) and paper resist, with coloured slips and pigments. 

The various methods of working on the surface, using different patterns and textures, will also be demonstrated.

Price for 5 lessons: 250 euro

+ membership card 5 € (valid for 12 months)
The card will be given at the beginning of the course

start of course: Thursday 2nd May
end of course: Thursday 30th May
from 7pm to 9pm

For further information: tel. 02 36 68 56 96

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Mixing up and Making

Workshop by Robert Cooper


Robert Cooper's workshop will develop around the assembly technique as a method for creating and constructing works of different shapes and sizes. The student will be invited to produce a wide range of shapes and objects obtained from the pressure of clay on plaster and ceramic molds, but also through the slab and colombine technique. During the preparation of the objects, the artist will demonstrate a series of decoration techniques with engobes and glazes: printing on plaster surfaces, silk-screen printing on ceramics, carving on clay and plaster, use of papers and fabrics for the creation of textures and surfaces through pressure or immersion in clay, painting with engobes and enamels.
The shapes will be subsequently decorated, modeled and assembled together with the aim of creating a unique and personal composition.

The workshop is open to everyone. It is not necessary to have previously attended pottery courses.
The course will be held in English and will be translated into Italian.

Limited seats

Registration deadline 20 February 2018


The workshop will take place:
Saturday 10 March from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm
Sunday 11 March from 10am to 1pm and from 2 to 5pm

Price: 290 euro

+ 5 euro membership card (valid for 12 months)
the card will be delivered at the beginning of the course


Layered forms

Workshop by Rafael Pérez


The workshop with Rafael Pérez comprises learning about two of the artist's personal techniques and working with them. In the first part of the workshop, participants concentrate on clay's sculptural qualities and its possibilities of shape and form, exploring the material's strength by cutting and impacting it. In the second phase, the layering technique, for which the artist is famous, will be presented: his works are hallmarked by multiple layers of clay, with alternating pigmentation and thicknesses. The various combinations of surfaces and forms offered by this technique will be examined.

In addition, the workshop will include a part dedicated to painting on ceramics. The artist will demonstrate the “vidriadas en blanco” technique, in which over-glaze pigments are used on a glazed surface.

“My work is a game that interests and involves me. I search for beauty, or rather a state of mind, or a vision, that enables me to discover surprise and emotion”.

Rafael Pérez is an internationally-famous Spanish artist. His work is appreciated all over the world. He attained a diploma in ceramics at the Escola Massana in Barcelona, and he has been a member of the International Academy of Ceramics since 2007. His work has been exhibited at the International Ceramics Competition in Mino, and in many galleries and museums, in Spain and internationally.

Dates and hours:

18 November 2017 - from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm

19 November 2017 - from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm

Price: 290 euro

+ membership card 5 € (valid for 12 months)
The card will be given at the beginning of the course

Before enrolling, please contact us by phone or email to check availability 

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Limited places

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Introduction to the art of Kintsugi

The introduction course to Kintsugi with Iku Nishikawa.


Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. Kintsugi is a very popular practice in Japan and in the whole world. Kintsugi has many similarities with the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, that is embracing the transience and imperfection.

Less known are the timing that this procedure takes. You need around three weeks to repair a small area filling it with gold.
The workshop led by Iku Nishikawa is a beginners guide to Kintsugi. It will take only a day to repair the damaged area plus a week of drying. Iku uses few short cuts and alternative materials to let the students have an immediate result and let them take home the ceramic piece.

For the workshop please bring a broken piece that you would like to “repair” or a unbroken one that the teacher will break and than repaired by yourself. We suggest to bring two or three pieces. 
Please be aware, your piece will not be completed during the workshop hours.  Please bring a box to store your ceramic and take it back with you.

Iku Nishikawa has learned the craft through participation in a series of masterclass events in Oxford and learning alongside a Kintsugi masters. In 2014 Iku helped to organize a series of Kintsugi events at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The following year Iku was asked to run a masterclass at the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Dates and hours:

Saturday October 21st 2017 

Participants will divided in two groups:
First group: 10am - 1.30pm
Second group: 3pm - 6.30pm 

Price: 150€ (kit included in the price)
+ membership card 5 € (valid for 12 months)
The card will be given at the beginning of the course

Deadline: 29th September 2017

Info: - tel: 02 36 68 56 96

Riccardo Biavati Officinesaffi

Vessels of stories

Workshop with Riccardo Biavati


The workshop is focused on different kind of decorations, using slips, oxides and ash glazes, typical materials representative of the artist’s work. The students will concentrate on the element of the bowl, as a container of images, shapes and possible stories.

During the workshop the students will start to work first on bisque surfaces, applying ash glazes, slips and wax crayons for ceramics. After this initial step, the students will work with different kind of clays to create shapes, coil technique, decorations with brushes and engraving on plaster moulds.

Dates and hours:

10 June 2017 - from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm

11 June 2017 - from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm

Price: 290 euro

+ membership card 5 € (valid for 12 months)
The card will be given at the beginning of the course

Deadline submission: 12 May 2017


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Riccardo Biavati
He is the Artistic Director of the Bottega delle stelle for which he created unique works in stoneware clay, modeled and hand painted with enamels specifically designed.
His ceramics are a "tribute to the ancient artifacts, their history... are secret words and glances secrets, flights affectionate and wild nests, village heads, suns and clouds of roofs earthy, enchanted women, the wonders pots, imagined countries. And again queens who rule burrows and roots, guardians of the night skies, animals watching us silently, stoves that heat as memories, bowls like courtyards. Walk your streets, up the steps and enters their small doors."

Owen Quinlan


The workshop of Owen Quinlan is focused on the quality of the ceramic surface and shape and the many possibilities of experiment through the combination of clays, and several layers of slips and glazes.


During the workshop the students will also investigate different ceramic objects in their shape, quality, technique and meaning as a part of personal research.

Dates and hours:

4 March 2017 - from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm

5 March 2017 - from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm

Price: 290 euro (VAT, materials, firing included)

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Deadline submission: 10 February 2017

Owen Quinlan is a Galway based artist working in the medium of Ceramics.
He is a graduate of The Centre for Creative Arts & Media GMIT Galway, Cardiff School of Art & Design, and the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramic Design & Skills Course. He has exhibited widely at home and abroad and continues to develop his practice from his home town of Galway.
Past awards for his work include the Axisweb MAstar award in 2011, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Future Makers Award 2013, and more recently the Peter Brennan Pioneering Award 2015. Major exhibitions of his work include a solo exhibition at The National Centre for Craft & Design, UK in 2012. In 2014 he represented Ireland at European Ceramic Context in Denmark, and most recently he has exhibited at Tulca Festival of Visual Arts 2015, in Galway.

My art practice explores the material world and how we have come to inhabit it. Focusing on the innate geological and archaeological attributes of the ceramic medium, my glaze based work is the result of ongoing research into the rocky, molten and primal forces which are central to this practice.

This research has resulted in two aspects to my work; Surface & Form. Both influence and inform one another. The wheel-thrown wall pieces are my interpretation of the Laboratory petri dish, upon which I continually test for new instances and outcomes. As they document evolving combinations of material layers, these findings are then transferred and further developed through the creation of complimentary layered industrial forms.

Through careful control of the firing process, these static forms subsequently transform, resulting in weathered objects existing somewhere between the natural and the man-made. The intention is to create resonant objects with many references to our relationship with materials, but without clear identity regarding past use or function. A successful piece should capture contrasting characteristics and mixed associations, as something which is at once permanent, fleeting, familiar and obscure.

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Photo Transfer - Silvia Celeste Calcagno

The winner of the 59th Faenza Prize will illustrate the relationship between photography and ceramics and how the Photo Transfer can be a technique, as well as a way to investigate reality. 22-23 October 2016


The course aims to build and refine the ability to relate to the image. With a first photographic approach we seek to understand how fundamental it is the choice of photography and its possibilities and potential. The initial experience, in a simple but determined way, will lead to choose the right type of image and the motivation that drives us to transfer it to another material.

Ceramics as support instead of the paper, the transfer mode explained through the projection of slides and bibliographical investigation.
The fundamental role of the single piece made through the repetition of the same image but completely separated from the concept of mass production, often mistakenly associated with the decal.

The experience of each student will be decisive in the outcome of the course depending on how they will relate with the media and how the same result will dialogue with the image.

The decal will become a technique distant from the decoration but means of notification of the reality.

The management of the course, as well as the use of the technique, will follow the rules of subjectivity; a workshop based on the individuality of feeling and of expressing through a reality apparently the same for everyone but radically different for each one.

Dates and hours:

22 October 2016 - from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

23 October 2016 - from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Participation fee: 290€

Info: - 02 36 68 56 96


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