5th - 7th April 2019

Introduction to Ceramics

Over 3 days you will have the opportunity to experiment and get to know in a concise way, the whole cycle of ceramics; from preparing the clay to the different techniques of working with it and the firing of the final pieces.


5th - 7th April;
10am - 1pm ; 3pm - 6pm;

Price: 180 € - basic materials, firing and shared accommodation included;

Meals are excluded. You can either bring your own or enjoy a light meal at Café da Videira;
For all those interested of all ages, with or without experience, in working with clay;
6 - 12  people.


Renato Costa e Silva

Ceramicist and Sculptor

Renato Costa e Silva, ceramicist and sculptor, with 40 years of professional activity has a vast curriculum not only in the area of ceramics but also of large public sculpture in various materials.

Born in Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, he lives and works in Angra do Heroísmo and Cerdeira.

He has carried out an intensive study of clay and ceramic materials and has a long experience in the preparation of ceramic pastes and glazes. Professional ceramicist for over 40 years he has conducted hundreds of firings, specially with wood and gas.


Kerstin Thomas


Kerstin Thomas, sculptor for almost 30 years, studied wood carving and sculpture in her home country, Germany. Once in Portugal, she studied Portuguese Language and Culture at the Language Faculty of the University of Coimbra .

With a preference for local woods, her work is inspired by rural life and the expressiveness of the human face.

The construction of the Sasukenei-Smokeless Kiln for high temperature wood fired ceramics in 2015 was the beginning of finding in ceramics a new way of artistic expression.

Co-founder of the Cerdeira-Home for Creativity project, she divides her time between her art practice and her work as coordinator of the village's Artistic Program.



What you can learn at this workshop

  • Identify different clays and their caracteristics and functions;

  • Building techniques: pinching, shaping, turning, coil and slab construction;

  • Ceramic decoration techniques;

  • Concerns about the drying process;

  • Building and operating small rudimentary kilns (paper and pipe kiln and small gas fired kiln



A course that allows participants to autonomously explore and seek knowledge within this vast and interesting subject. It offers an all embracing view of all the processes.

Three days of intense work, conversation and silence at our studios. A small thematic library will be available for inspiration and for further knowledge about what has been taught.

To know how to choose the right clay for the work and each technique is fundamental for a successful outcome. We shall make our work by pinching and giving form to the clay, by building or throwing. We will learn the advantages of each technique and leverage this newly acquired knowledge. The third day we build a small kiln to fire our works and learn about firing process and at the end, of course, take our freshly fired work home.



  • If you decide to stay in one of our houses you will enjoy a 10% discount.

  • 10% early bird discount if you sign up 3 months before

  • Group meals can also be ordered.