Adele Stefanelli. Studio di ceramica.




Adele Stefanelli ceramics are strongly influenced by Chinese and Korean ceramics which she first saw as a student while visiting the Baur collection in Geneva. She was also struck by the simple beauty of Sudanese pottery which she discovered in the Sudan while teaching English there.

The marvelous objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum and in the Shanghai Museum, the dozens of books she has collected from all over the world - on the different Chinese Dynasties, the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, on Japanese teapots and bowls - strongly marked her path. The perfect beauty of the Song ceramics fascinated her and became her guiding light.

She has spent time in China, Jingdezehn, watching and learning how they throw porcelain and has been to South Korea to work with Master Kim Se Yong.

While in China, she had the opportunity to practice Kintsugi, the ancient Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics with pure gold. She then went on to Kyoto, Japan, to attend Kintsugi private classes with Mio Heki to perfection this technique.

She throws all of her objects on the wheel personally and she also makes her own glazes.
She works primarily in different kinds of stoneware and occasionally in porcelain, which she then fires in her kiln in her studio at 1250° and above.






The courses are intended for beginners but also for those who already have some experience throwing with the wheel; the techniques of centering, throwing and trimming will be addressed during the course.
Only two people at a time.

Several packages are available:

2 consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday, 6 hours each.

Glaze and firing of two pieces included.
4 meetings of 3 hours each, over two weeks.

Glaze and firing of two pieces included.
Stoneware is the clay used.


4-days course schedule:

DAY 1: short introduction to various types of clay. Centering of the clay and throwing (cylinders))
DAY 2: throwing cylinders and bowls of various shapes and sizes
DAY 3: perfecting the throwing technique
DAY 4: trimming of objects


(ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery)

During the courses we will address the origin of Kintsugi and its symbolic value, assemble the broken pieces, rebuild the missing pieces, apply the different types of lacquer and then apply alternative gold.

Several packages are available:

Accelerated course: approximately 3 hours. Maximum 4 people, minimum 2.


4 days course (non-consecutive), approximately two hours a day. Maximum 4 people, minimum 2.

Original material from Japan included.            

Each participant shall bring one or more items to repair.

For those who would like to buy the Kintsugi kit, please order it in advance: the kit must be sent from Japan.


Lacquer can cause severe skin allergies. The use of mask, gloves, long sleeves and covered neck is mandatory. I’ll ask you to sign a disclaimer, before attending the course.





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