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Studio di ceramica-Pottery. After a long period of experimentation and testing at DOCKS POTTERY weʼd like to show our ceramic work. The works we produce come from the use of local red and white clay as well as semigres like the earth of Castellamonte. We make all our own glazes from formulae we found in an old ceramics manual, many of which we have modified after extensive testing and experimentation. All our glazes are lead free and contain no toxic substances. Docks Pottery via Valprato n°68 10155 Torino Italia

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Ciao, my name is Filippo Di Giovanni, I have a pottery studio in Turin Italy.

I thought that I had a fantastic idea, as is adopting children from a distance, sheeps and pigs or gardens, to adopt a potter in trouble with the payments of his studio of pottery, for not to quit and change jobs. But, I searched on Google "adopt a potter" and I find You, Bravi Good Idea.

Yours is a very interesting initiative for young potters, but the need in this time of economic crisis in Italy and other Countries,is also for first to adopt an old potter for not to close , so he can help the young potters.

Happy to have known You. I am ready to help You and

advertise inItaly and in my Blog ( Docks Pottery )

"Adopt a Potter"

Filippo Di Giovanni


It takes many years to train a studio potter
It always has done!

Unfortunately many of our art colleges are finding it difficult to offer throwing in any meaningful way, so it's more important than ever for any student who wishes to make functional and studio pots to have the opportunity of an apprenticeship .
ADOPT A POTTER, I believe is a simple idea, a way of helping to secure the future of studio potters.
I have personally funded and trained some 10 apprentices to date, the sale of mugs, and small standard ware goes some way currently to paying the stipend wage.
ADOPT A POTTER takes it a stage further. I would not only like to offer more training places myself to students but would also like to extend the scheme to other potters by offering them a student with funding in return for training.

You can help and get involved by:

•Donating by direct monthly payment
•Making a one off payment
•Help us fund raise

Registered Charity No. 1130164

Lisa Hammond
Mazehill Pottery
The Old Ticket Office
Woodlands Park Rd
Greenwich, SE10 9XE


7 commenti:

  1. Great idea! Let me know how it works out!

  2. Buongiorno Judy, is an idea to be developed together with all other interested potters. I hope this idea of adopting a potter (young or old, no matter) materializes in an extended debate in the web blogs.

  3. Hi Filippo, great idea, I think working under an established potter would be most beneficial for many.

  4. Ciao Linda, I started by self-taught in pottery, I had a good working knowledge of the clay for my studies at the Accademy of Fine Arts in Urbino -sculpture-. I know now that the technique and knowledge is learned only with a steady work with the master potters.


    I adopted a potter. She came to me when she was 15! I sent her away and told her to come back when she was 16. She came back on her 16th birthday so I took I gave her a job working Saturdays, When she was 17 she worked Saturdays and all the school holidays. When she was 18 she left school and came to work full time. She was brilliant by this time.

    Eventually when she was 22 I said, girl you got to go and get a qualification, she was a very clever girl. She went to Camberwell College London to do a BA in ceramics. It was difficult for her she knew more that the tutors. She managed to survive; I got her part time job with Grayson Perry (yes the G.P.) this saved her.

    For her placement she came back to me but not in the pottery, I used to work in prisons, so she signed the official secrets act and came “inside” with me to work with some very talented and interesting long term prisoners.

    My adopted potter graduated and came back to work for me for another year or so, she was 26 by then. I couldn’t pay her very much but she had discovered a new path, it was teaching. Just this month she has finished a teaching certificate. But you know what? She wants to come to Spain and work for me!

    This is the story of one of my adoptions; there have been others, also still in the background.

  6. Ciao Kitty.
    Well, another side of the adoption to be taken seriously into account, from your story I understand that there is an affection for this adoption and that seems to be returned. For 6 years after the Academy I worked as an assistant to an Italian artist, P.P. Calzolari, sculptor and painter, known in the international art world, it was hard work but I consider that period as the most training in the field of art and life, rather than schools. Even now I advice to young artists to work in a studio of an artist claimed for to know the best but also the worst in the world of contemporary art.

  7. Ciao Filippo, do you remeber me, Gina Costa, Marina Dacci's friend from Chicago.

    How are you? I think about you a lot, I lost your card, and just now found it ! I met when you and Leo and Roberto were doing work for the Maramotti foundazione in Reggio Emilia? Come stai? Hai un e-mail?

    Il mio e Che bello questo sito! Sono sapevo che eri un potter! Quando viene a Chicago?

    Scriviamo! Saluti! A presto, Gina


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