After a weekend in Florence, Italy, I arrived to begin a two week workshop with Ellen Shankin at La Meridiana School of Ceramics. This school is situated in the Tuscan countryside outside the ancient city of Certaldo.
Ellen ( and her husband Brad ) had taken care of all of our arrangements. We were picked up at the train station and brought to our private country homes where we would live for the next two weeks. We strolled to the studio, through vineyards and breathtaking vistas, to begin our 9am - 5pm day of demonstrations, tutorials, and unlimited use of clay.
Each morning, we would take a break to enjoy expresso and cookies in the amphitheater . Claudia (our unofficial tour guide from the school staff ) and.................................
Charlie ( the school dog and greeter ) would entertain us with tales of long ago and the history of the area.
Each day, our lunch was prepared by a gourmet chef. Of course, we thought the pasta was our main meal, but that was only the beginning!
Wine, meats, vegetables, soups, breads, and decadent desserts were also on the menu.
Lucia was amazing!
Ellen planned side trips to see other potters, wine tastings, dinners, the Etruscan Museum, shopping, and galleries. The enthusiasm of this wonderful group of potters made for lively discussions, laughter, and an exchange of ideas.
The memories and inspiration of this outstanding adventure will stay with me always!