Residential Pottery Courses in France with Sylph Baier
Sylph is offering weekly residential pottery courses in a 17th century mill (‘The Moulin’) near Bergerac, France, for a maximum of 3 students in two beautiful workshops in May, June, September and October 2017.The mill is in an area which is accredited as a bird sanctuary and is situated in a valley with extensive woodland walks.
Sun 14 May – Sat 20 May 2017
Sun 28 May – Sat 3 Jun 2017
Sun 25 June – Sat 1 July 2017
Sun 3 Sept – Sat 9 Sept 2017 (fully booked)
Sun 8 Oct – Sat 14 Oct 2017
Included with the Courses
- Airport transfers to and from Bergerac airport
- Full board and lodging. Continental buffet breakfast, a 3 course French lunch at the local inn and a light buffet supper at the Moulin at 6pm. Note: vegans and vegetarians can be catered for.
- Up to 5kg of finished and fired work in Limoges porcelain or 10 kg of stoneware clay. (Additional work can be made and is charged separately at £10 per fired and glazed kg of Limoges porcelain and £5 for stoneware and can be shipped at cost price)
Tuition will be 20 hours per week mainly in the mornings from Monday to Friday starting at 9am. It is mainly throwing based and would suit students with some throwing experience but other techniques can also be covered as well as glazing and firing in electric and gas reduction kiln.
There will be tea/coffee breaks at 11am and 4pm.
The workshop is available to students unsupervised until 9pm. There is also a program of films available in the evening and the library is open until 10pm.
Some recent feedback from visitors/students
I recently had the treat of spending a week with Sylph Baier in France at her new residential workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed receiving very individual tuition to improve my skills on the pottery wheel. Her attentive and sensitive style of teaching and her wealth of experience and skills allowed me to learn more about my own strengths and weaknesses and become more confident. Sylph’s tuition includes understanding better the whole natural cycle of pottery, from the origin of clay to what happens in the firing and glazing process to increasing awareness of one’s own body when working with the clay on the wheel. This has been enormously helpful and inspiring and it becomes a very wholesome and fulfilling experience. I am sure this new venue will develop in the most beautiful way as Sylph’s vision for her project is breathtaking as is the beauty of the old mill and it’s natural surroundings. Best of luck! I will surely come back and will recommend it…………Christiane from Germany
Thanks again for having us at your place … it’s beautiful and inspiring and we have enjoyed every minute! James and Emily from the UK
Double (the blue room) with en-suite shower and toilet: £780 per student (course and accommodation).
Double (the red room) with en-suite shower and toilet: £780 per student (course and accommodation).
Twin or double ‘grenier’ room (the white room) with access to a bathroom below: £730 per student (course and accommodation) or if two students are sharing £700 each.
Partners are welcome for a holiday only at £380 each for full board and lodging without the tuition fees.
If you wish to book, a deposit of 20% secures your booking and is non refundable should you wish to cancel.
The balance is due one month prior to your arrival.
We ask guests to use only environmentally friendly products.
Transfers are included from and to Bergerac airport which has flights coming in from Stansted and Southampton. I will need to know your flight number, details and time of arrival and departure, so I can be there to collect you.
You will need to book your flight well in advance arriving on the Sunday and departing on the Saturday.
If you wish to have an alcoholic drink in the evening, we stock a good selection of local wines, mainly from the Bergerac and Bordeaux region. This is sold by the bottle and charged separately (there is an honesty box).
You will need to let me know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Please get in touch if you have any additional questions or if you fancy a chat. I can ring you on a landline after 8pm English time.
Further information or if you wish to book, please contact Sylph Baier at firstname.lastname@example.org