five days

Discovering Valfontanabuona slate in Santa Margherita Ligure





Dipped in the inimitable frame of the ulivetis that cover the hills of Saint Margherita leaned out on the Gulf of the Tigullio, just a few minutes from the city center and from the coast, in the garden of the B&B Maremonti you can learn to carve slate. This local stone is extracted in outstanding quality with its more intense black color in the near valley called Fontanabuona.


The teacher that will accompany you in the run of your study is the sculptress Antonella Tiozzo, graduated in the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and since then devoted to the artistic creation in stone.


Slate Experience proposes four days of learning or deepening of the technique of hand carving, that allows to know to the best the material with its peculiar characteristics inserting the sculptor in harmony in the natural environment.


Every student will have to his/her disposition the necessary slate and the carving tools to realize one or two bas-reliefs and . In case the students already own some appropriate hand carving tools they can bring with them and use during the lessons.


The subject of the work can be select by the participant or suggested by the teacher. It has to be realizable in the given time or it can be finished subsequently by the student, that will continue the carving by him/herself keeping in mind of the received suggestions.


The lessons on slate will be keeping the students busy during four days.Activity will start every morning at 9:00 a.m. to continue until 6:00 p.m. with a break for a homestyle lunch.


The fifth day will be devoted to the visit to the places of the slate in Valfontanabuona. You will know the origin and history of the stone, the ancient villages, the actual production and you will be able to assist to the "spacco" (breaking), operation still performed by hand only, to get the slabs used for covering the roofs, realize pavements and protect the buildings facades. The trip will finish by noon with possibility to visit to the studio of the artist in the afternoon.


The participation fee is 550 Euros per person and includes the lessons, two slabs of slate that every student can bring with him/her at the end of the course, the use of tools made available by the course, the guided minitour. For the registration the payment of 250 Euros account is required.


For the students who will need accomodation during their Slate Experience some place will be available in the B&B hosting the course and in settled B&B nearby.


For further informations and inscriptions please contact the teacher using the form on "contact" page on this website.