These courses will appeal to potters and would-be potters who would like a chance to combine intensive studio work in a delightful setting with the opportunity to explore a particularly interesting area of southern France.
The focus of the courses is on assisting you to formulate your own projects, whether pottery or sculpture, and on the hand-building techniques needed to realize them. This means that you work at your own level, and beginners are welcome. Groups are small and the atmosphere relaxed.
The courses culminate in the raku firing of your pieces - always a spectacular event for those who have never experienced a raku firing. Depending on the interest of the group, we may also try out alternative techniques, including smoke firing and horsehair raku.
Typical programme (may vary between courses):
Day 1 For the less experienced, explore a variety of handbuilding techniques with a view to embarking on personal projects. Evening visits to ceramics studios.
Days 2-3 Development of personal projects. Evening visits to ceramics galleries and/or the Pont du Gard. Trial Raku firing.
Day 4 Morning: during biscuit firing of work: optional glaze-making session. Afternoon excursion - choice of destination to be discussed.
Day 5 Glazing or other surface treatment, raku firings, possibly also smoke or other alternative firings, into the evening.
The basic course fee - for those arriving independently with their own transport - is 350€, to include one main meal per studio day. For those without their own transport we have a more inclusive option, normally at 450€, excluding accommodation. For accommodation options and other details, please see website.