Author Archives: Cyndi Casemier
Yesterday, was glaze day in the classroom here at LaMeridiana. For me, it was all a bit overwhelming. Not because, I feel incapable of glazing my ceramics work. I felt overwhelmed by 14 people doing it at the same time. Everyone was polite, doing a dance in and out from the glazing area and the spray booth. Antionette was involved every step of the way; helping students, letting people spray glaze on to their delicate work of very thin porcelain, and providing support. The spray gun's pressure was enough that it could send the piece flying across the booth. Franco, the studio technician, was very patient throughout the long day. Cleaning plugged spray guns, answering questions, and mixing up glazes. As a potter, I know that glazing my work, takes just as much time as forming it from that lump of clay. At the end of the day, I can walk away feeling pretty good about my long hours or just "eh, we will see". I have taken enough courses to know that outcomes in a classroom will vary. It's not my studio. Not my wheel or tools. Not my preferred clay. Not my studio in which I can be free to think, process, and make. BUT, the classroom does open my eyes and send me down a new path, maybe just a tiny jog. This small "ah-ha" is enough to give me the push into new artwork that has me walking into my studio with sketches, questions of "what if?", and the necessary desire to try again. Thank you to these friendly dogs, Antoinette, Teya, Claudia, Lucia, Franco, Alessia, Pietro (and everyone else on the La Meridiana's staff) who welcome us; assist us; help make us comfortable; and feed us. You have made my visit and learning to LaMeridiana special. Tomorrow, we open the glaze kiln. Unload and see our results.
We are on the final round of working in the classroom. Yesterday, was a bisque firing day. Many in our class hopped on the train into Florence. La Meridiana arranged a guide for us meeting us at the Train Station, walking us through parts of the city and into the Ufizzi Gallery. This is the way to learn more about Florence. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. She pointed the high points and elegantly bypassed the not as important buildings and artwork. Whenever, I visit art museums, I stay away from the rooms filled with Renaissance paintings. I have always found them dark and forbidding. Our guide showed me that there is so much more to know and understand about this era. One thing of interest is that many paintings inside of the Ufizzi Gallery "glow" and not just from the lighting. The paint is so vibrant. She informed us of the various periods and how the painting styles evolved over the decades and centuries. We also had wonderful views of the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. I slept on the train home. My classmates are learning that I can sleep on any moving vehicle. Take good care and do something creative today. C2