RAKU BENEATH THE STARS
Giuliano e Claudio, ceramist
The experience is full day one, from 1 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.. At the beginning we'll spend about 4 hours at the “Laboratorio Artistico”, our atelier. There will be a brief introduction on Raku technique. Later each participant will glaze 2 or 3 pieces freely chosen among a wide range at the atelier (vases, dishes, sculptures). After the glazing we'll move in the hills, at about 20-minute drive from the atelier, where we'll fire the artworks. Raku technique in fact envisages a second firing, open-flames almost 1000°, at which will follow the extraction of the pieces, still incandescent. Moreover we'll do a number of operations, with water, air, smoke, that will confer to the pieces unique colors and shades. During the firing, that will last about 3 hours and that will happen during sunset/evening, we'll offer to the participants a happy hour/dinner. The end of the experience is expected to be at about 10.30 p.m.. You can then bring home with you your creations.
REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, Re
ENJOY TUSCAN HILLS
Tommaso, leather craftsman
This special experience has been conceived for those that want to dive into the typical rural life of our lab. In four days, you will have the opportunity to try our particular leather dyeing process but also to taste traditional food and take part in the grape harvest.
The experience will last 4 days and 3 nights, during which you will stay in our farm holiday where the lab is located too.
Activities will be scheduled as follows:
• Day 1: welcome meeting and room placement, aperitivo and welcome dinner with traditional food from Tuscany.
• Day 2: after a brief introduction to the history of our Pellevino color, we will make a color mixing demonstration and the subsequent application. Once you understand the process, you'll be trying first person to apply the resulting colors on different materials.
We will have lunch on our veranda (weather permitting) or in the carriage’s room next to the historical villa Cecchi. In the afternoon we will head to Pescia to explore the downtown, and then you can have a private dinner or book it at our farm holiday.
• Day 3: it’s grape harvest day! We do have an ancient vineyard, so you will have the chance to harvest some grapes or just watching us celebrating this traditional event. You will then have a tasting of traditional food and a tour in the wine cellar before having lunch.
In the afternoon, you will relax next to our swimming pool surrounded by the tuscan hills, before having our goodbye dinner.
• Day 4: it’s time to leave, but we do want to have a feedback from you, regarding the days you spent here.
THE CREATION OF A “PUPAZZO” FURNITURE
Nicola & Luca, carpenters
The workshop, of one day, envisages the creation of a furniture of the set “Pupazzi”. These are little container modules, all unique-pieces, that combine colors and recovered materials of all kinds. To build it there are different stages we will go through. The design and the choice of the materials. The building of the module. The varnishing with acrylic products or natural soils. The assembly of a small door with recovered wood. The building of a support base, made of wood or iron. The choice of the details, such as handles ect. During this workshop the participant will directly take part to a creative process, where he will learn some basic joinery techniques. At the end he will have the furniture for himself. The workshop envisages in fact that at the end each participant will take home the furniture he built.
STUCCO WILL BRING YOU LUCK!
PATRIZIA, artisan of gypsum
Are you ready for a journey among beauty? I'm going to take you in the fascinating world of stucco, a history as ancient as man. Imprints in mud can be considered as primordial molds.
It all begins from the gypsum's dust that capable hands transform into artworks. With this you will prepare the mixture to be poured into molds that are made in the atelier. All the creative-productive process, in fact, is the result of research, experience and know-how accumulated over many years.
Now have fun: wear Renaissance fashion aprons, use brushes, colors, soils, glues, shine with brass, silver, and gold leaves, paint with ancient lacquers, rub the beeswax, sign your work to make it unique!
Believe it or not, it's suggestive and fascinating to create an object that brings good luck and wellness within our homes.
During this workshop I will initially present to you my activity. After an introduction to the ancient art of stucco, we will go through the preparation of the dough base. Once we have done this, we will proceed with the pouring in the horn of plenty and pomegranates' molds. We'll then get ready for the leaf gilding. At this point we'll move to the leaf lightening of the relieves, before passing to the pictorial decoration and to the brush writing.
Once we are done with these stages, we'll be ready for the painting, the coating and the final lacquering.
At the end of the workshop I'll provide you with the object that you created, the booklet, the Diploma of Participation and the “weirdo license” of Gubbio. This envisages a really particular procedure to be carried out, exactly in front of my atelier!
CARVING THE PIETRA SERENA
Andrea, stone worker
We offer a guided tour within our lab. We want to give you the chance to get to know the main steps that allow us to create pavings, benches and gates starting from a piece of stone.
At the end of the visit one of our stone-cutters, will help you carving your name and/or surname on a piece of Pietra Serena. You will have your special souvenir then, so that you will remember of our meeting.
LASTRA A SIGNA, Fi
FIRST STEPS TOWARD MINIATURE
Anna, miniature and typography
In the wake of ancient amanuensis, the gestures of calligraphers and miniaturists are living again. In the XIII century they gave life to flourishing and eminent “Scriptorum” in Gubbio. It stands out the figure of Oderisi, narrated by Dante in The Divine Comedy, XI Canto of Purgatory: “non se tu Oderisi, l'onor d'Agobbio e l'onor di quell'arte ch'alluminar chiamata è in Parisi?”. A fascinating art, made of pigments and gold leaves, goose feathers and nibs, inks and a lot of patience and knowledge. The final result though, is unique, and what you bring back home with you is such a precious and original object.
Giuseppe, leather craftsman
During this experience you'll be able to create 4 small leather or fabric goods, such as frames for your photos or a hard cover for your personal planner. You can choose the type and color of material to work with and, under our guidance, you will learn all the steps for the realization of the products that you will bring home as a memory of the experience. The workshop will end up with a dinner based on pizza, cooked in a wood oven at the craftsman's house.