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Nature Inspired Sculpture Retreat With Kate Malone

Nature Inspired Sculpture Retreat with Kate Malone

Nature Inspired Sculpture Retreat

with Kate Malone

Feb 5-11, 2024

Discover limitless possibilities of clay through a dynamic and nurturing retreat. Inspired by the lush green surroundings of Aura Pottery, this artistic journey promises unexpected directions and deep understanding of clay’s essence.

Kate Malone will demonstrate the inspired, virtuosic handling of clay inherent to her signature, combined with inspirations drawn from flora and fauna around Aura. She will share her fluency in contemporary ceramic practices, as well as her accumulation of technical wisdom suffused with a unique, inspiration-charged reciprocity between herself as maker and the clay.

The farm is home to great architecture, lawns and a myriad shades of green, making it inspirational for people with diverse interests. Led by an experienced artist, participants explore their artistic interests, focusing on tactile elements, textures, and contrasts. The workshop encourages experimentation, presence, and individual expression in shaping forms.

Open to all levels of experience.

Retreat Fee: GBP 1500 inclusive of all studio materials, glazes and firings, meals, accommodation, activities and a guided visit to Chandigarh for sightseeing and shopping.

Meet the Artist

Kate Olivia Malone MBE is one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists with an illustrious career spanning over thirty years. Kate works in three areas with ceramics: Studio Pottery, Public Art and Glaze Research. She has developed an unmistakable and highly regarded style. Kate works from two ceramic studios in Thanet and London. Kate was a judge on BBC2's The Great Pottery Throw Down’s season 1 and 2.

Observations of nature, its fruits and vegetables and nature in the abstract are the overriding influences in Kate’s work. In addition to her exploration of nature, Kate has spent her career pioneering glazing techniques via research and experimentation in the chemistry of glazing.


Day 1

Arrive at Aura, get acquainted with the farm during an introductory tour, and meet the team.

Introduction to the studio space along with a session with Kate to understand the focus of the creative retreat.

Welcome dinner in the main house, followed by a presentation by Kate, sharing her insights and journey as an artist.

Day 2

Start the day with some soothing Yoga and meditation followed by breakfast.

Visit the botanical garden near Aura to observe and understand the flora. Sketch different species for sculpture inspiration. Discuss observations, possible ideas for form and detail with Kate.

South Indian style Lunch.

Dive into a creative session at the studio, sketching in clay and on paper. Ideate and start the process of design with Kate’s assistance.

Post studio time, freshen up or take a swim before diving into a special North Indian dinner followed by some fun games.

Day 3

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

Finalize sketches for the sculptures and interpret your ideas into a visual for the final piece. Start working on individual projects.

Venture beyond the farm for a nice lunch, some shopping and sightseeing around the beautiful city of Chandigarh. Witness the architecture of this planned city in a chaotic country.

Visit the local market and take in the vibrant colors.

End the evening with dinner and discussions with Kate on individual projects over dinner.

Day 4

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

In the studio, work on your individual projects under the supervision and guidance of Kate.

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

Day 5

Yoga and meditation followed by a fulfilling breakfast.

Engage in a productive studio session with lunch and tea breaks. Kate will guide and help you work on your final projects.

In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner and unwind with a movie night in the home theater.

Day 6

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

Continue to develop and finesse your piece, look at possible available surface treatments.

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

Day 7

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

This day is for relaxing, observing and soaking in everything that you learnt.

Wrap up projects in the studio by adding final touches, cleaning up and storing for drying.

Farewell dinner in the main house, share experiences and conclude the retreat.

Day 8

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

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 Kate Malone’s for the company’s marketing purposes.
  10. Residents must request a load of laundry, which is chargeable at INR 500 per load