Alfredo Ratinoff

Since 2003, Alfredo Ratinoff has been a faculty member of the Smithsonian Institution at the Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, DC. Alfredo teaches different programs each 8-class semester. The classes range from pottery to mosaics, glass mosaics to tile-making, bas relief to stained glass and Indian pueblo pottery. Students have the chance to work in every medium, exploring the arts of fire in small groups guided by Alfredo step-by-step, creating unique pieces and discovering the magic of the arts of fire.

Summer 2012 Classes

Marvelous Mosaics: Glass on Glass
Mon., July 9 August 13, 6:30 p.m.

This course focuses on the luminous translucent results that are possible when using cut stained glass and smalti as the mosaic material, accented with colorful grouting. Students decorate a clear glass container or vase, or they may choose to work on a glass sheet or plate.

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Hand-Built Potter: Caspian Sea Ceramics
Tuesday, July 10 August 14, 6:30 p.m.

After an introduction to the tradition by Alexander Nagel, assistant curator of ancient Near Eastern Art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, students are guided through the process of creating pottery in the manner of Iranian ceramic artists. They learn to decorate the surface of their pots by carving, incising, burnishing and applying various surface treatments.Students finish their pots using traditional burnishing techniques.

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