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A Methodical Approach To Making Good Pottery

Well Considered: A Methodical Approach to Making Good Pottery

10-17th October, 2024

Join us at Aura Pottery farm and studio for a centering week with Carisa Miller of LULA Pottery. Enjoy days filled with grounding yoga and meditation, wandering lush gardens, nourishing ourselves with local cuisine made from the farm’s offerings, excursions to the nearby city of Chandigarh, including attending the festival of Dussehra, a visit to a local pottery village, all wrapped around a thoughtful and thorough pottery curriculum.

From technical aspects of repeat throwing to specific dimensions, to inspired elements of decoration, Carisa will work with us to systematically consider the construction, composition and character of our pots with the intention of creating cohesion and consistency throughout our work and practice.

We will develop skills on the wheel with intensive, personalized sessions for all levels, and practice self-critical objectivity aimed at identifying our strengths and turning our focus to what needs further attention. Considering our work holistically, we will realistically assess our capacity to achieve our pottery goals.

The week’s clay schedule is progressive, expanding from form-the essential foundation for style-resulting in well considered pottery.

Retreat Fee: USD 2200 inclusive of all studio materials, glazes and firings, meals, accommodation, activities and a guided visit to Chandigarh for sightseeing and shopping.

Meet the Artist

LULA Pottery is understated, modern-classic, functional stoneware, thrown by an overstated, neurodivergent, chicken-loving, woman in her backyard garden studio in Portland, Oregon U.S.

Carisa Miller’s work is minimal, prioritizing form and function. Lines are clean, and surface decoration scant, black stoneware working underneath satiny and chalky mattes, semi-opaque shades of neutral glazes formulated in-house. The pieces intentionally give an organic impression; they are meant to blend into their surroundings as quietly beautiful, intimate and essential companions.


Day 1- 10th Oct (Thu)

Arrive at Aura, get acquainted with the farm during an introductory tour, learning about its sustainable practices and meeting the team.

Introduction to the studio space and presentation by Carisa, setting our intentions.

After lunch, Carisa will lead more thorough introductions to each other and our work, with a chance for us each to share our current focus in clay, so we can be sure to give it enough attention during the week.

Welcome dinner with an ice breaking session.

Day 2- 11th Oct (Fri)

Begin the day with a yoga and meditation session, allowing your body and mind to find balance and serenity, followed by breakfast.

Morning studio session. Technical Construction: choreographed cylinder throwing to attain muscle memory and induce flow state. All levels.


Carisa guided discussion. Composition: what makes a good form? Maximizing aesthetic and function.

Afternoon studio session. Construction meets Composition: Implementing and refining a cylinder based form from your sketches and repeating it.

Post studio time, freshen up or take a swim before dinner.

Day 3- 12th Oct (Sat)

Begin the day with a yoga and meditation session, allowing your body and mind to find balance and serenity, followed by breakfast.

Morning studio session. Trimming: Applying concepts of Construction and Composition in the trimming stage.


Festival Day! Venture beyond the farm and into Chandigarh for Dussehra


Day 4- 13th Oct (Sun)

Get some alone time and relax this morning, followed by breakfast.

Guided discussion with Carisa. Character: Developing your style so that your work is recognizably yours. Looking critically at our work on its own and in the world at large.

Morning Studio Session. Handles and nothing but handles: They are so deserving of our attention.


Afternoon Studio Session. Character development: self guided explorations in carving, altering, using slip, underglaze, sgraffito, etc.


Guided discussion with Carisa. Cohesion: The thread that connect our work to make it a whole.

Day 5- 14th Oct (Mon)

Embark on a refreshing morning trek, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature, followed by a picnic-style breakfast by the lake.

Morning studio time. Technical time: Continuing practicing the elements of construction, composition, character…now with cohesion in mind. Work on one, two, or all of these elements depending on where you are.

Head to a nearby village to witness how pottery is made traditionally in India. Pick souvenirs to take back!


Guided discussion with Carisa. Capacity and Consistency: The business end of pottery. Work hours, pricing, opportunities, marketing and markets. (This is where Instagram enters the chat.)

Day 6- 15th Oct (Tue)

Start with yoga and meditation, followed by breakfast on the pool deck.

Morning studio session. Technical time. Continuing practice.

Afternoon studio session. Evaluating ourselves: Takeaways and next moves.

Enjoy dinner and a presentation by Andy, your host, on her journey and style as a ceramic artist.

Day 7- 16th Oct (Wed)

Start with yoga and meditation, followed by breakfast.

Morning meeting. Carisa will guide us in reviewing the week’s themes to re-enforce how they build one upon the other. Then the day is yours to spend as you like: take it all in, follow up on pressing discussions, finish up in the studio.

Farewell dinner where we share experiences and conclude the retreat.

Day 8- 17th Oct (Thu)

Farewell breakfast together before proceeding to depart.

Your Stay

Pottery Retreat residents stay at the Potters Villa during their residency. The villa is a small building towards the far end of the property; it faces the orchard and is a two-minute walk from the studio. The villa is a cozy space with all rooms opening onto a central lounge where residents get together for meals, music and socializing with other residents.

The farm is home to great architecture, lawns and a myriad shades of green, making it inspirational for people with diverse interests.

Your Stay
Your Room

Your Room

Each room is tastefully furnished and equipped with modern amenities, ensuring a restful and relaxing stay. Sink into the plush beds after a long day of pottery, and refresh yourself in the privacy of your ensuite bathroom, complete with all the essentials to make you feel at home.

Your Meals

We believe in the power of food to nourish both body and soul, which is why we take pride in serving delicious vegetarian & non vegetarian meals made with farm grown/locally sourced produce.

Your Meals
Your Surroundings

Your Surroundings

Sprawled over 3 acres, Aura offers beautiful outdoor spaces for you to enjoy. Our infinity pool is open to our guests to use and enjoy. A walking path around the entire periphery of the property takes you through our fruit orchard, organic kitchen garden, ponds, potters villa and the meditation circle.

7:00 - 8:00 am Morning activity
9.30 - 10:00 am Breakfast
10.30 - 1.30 pm Studio time
1.30 - 3:00 pm Lunch and rest
3:00 - 6:00 pm Studio time
6:00 - 7:30 pm Rest and freshen up
7.30-8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 - 10:00 pm Interactive activity


  1. A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the price of the Booking is required within 7 days of us issuing a booking confirmation.
  2. The balance of the price of the Booking is payable 60 days prior to departure. If the reservation is made after this date, the total Booking price must be paid at the time of confirmation. Last minute Bookings (booked within 60 days of departure) must be paid in full before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in cancellation of the booking.
  3. All cancellations should be made in writing. The following cancellation charges will be payable:
    If cancellation is received more than 60 days prior to arrival: 20%.
    If cancellation is received from 60 days to 31 days prior to arrival: 50%.
    If cancellation is received less than 31 days prior to arrival: 100%
  4. All finished work will rest and dry in the studio for a few weeks before it is fired by the studio and shipped to each participant.
  5. Shipping charges will apply as per logistics company estimates.
  6. Participants must be at least 18 years or older to attend this retreat.
  7. Prices and Schedules/Itineraries as shown on the website are subject to change. We reserve the right to change retreat/day trip/event prices, or prices of individual add-on components, without prior notice.
  8. Participants must notify at hello@aurapottery.com of any dietary restrictions and allergies at the time of booking.
  9. You acknowledge that retreat photographs and images which include you can be published by Aura Pottery or Carisa for the company’s marketing purposes.
  10. Residents must request a load of laundry, which is chargeable at INR 500 per load