• Capacity

    4 - 8 People

  • Schedule

    10h00 -13h00

    15h00 - 18h00

  • Price


  • Dificulty

    For ceramists, sculptors, plastic artists and all those interested in this subject.

  • Additional information

    We offer shared accommodation, subject to availability


You will learn

- to develop, plan and execute your ideas 

- how to choose and prepare the right clay for each kind of work

- to reflect about aesthetic options

- different ways to build up your sculpture

 - about textures and surfaces

- about the enormous possibilities of wood firing

- to fire your work in our Sasukenei - Forno sem Fumo


Renato Costa e Silva always takes us to the center of all inquiry, and in this course he shares his vast knowledge about sculpture and ceramics with us. To study and work under the guidance of this artist is a unique opportunity to gain a deep understanding of  ceramic processes.

 Together with Kerstin Thomas he will support each student to progress and take home sculptures that reflects not only the achievement of knowledge but also the  expression of  your personal project.

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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.

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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 in Coimbra University.

With a preference for autochthonous wood, 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.




February 27th


Awakening the imagination - From the expanding universe to the nature of the imagined;

From thought to matter - The personal universe and the choice of relevant elements to conceive individual projects;

Clay as a receptor of emotions - From physical structure and chemical composition to ceramic pastes for sculpture; Composition, experimentation and preparation of pastes;


February 28th and March 1st

Working on personal projects;


March 2nd

Introduction to woodfiring - processes, history and results. Ceramic's transformation during firing and how to control the process;

Loading the kiln;

Start the woodfiring in the SASUKENEI – Smokless kiln;


March 3rd



March 4th

Cooling of the kiln;

Hike with observation of clays in the local soil;


March 5th

Opening the kiln - appreciation and interpretation of the result.


  • Offer of accommodation in our shared Residency house with enrolment in the course (subject to availability) or a 10% discount in accommodation with a minimum of 2 nights;

  • Participants will be able to continue working in the studio independently until 10:00 p.m.;

  • 10% early bird discount if you sign up before 10th of February;

  • Group meals can also be ordered.