Welcome to a luxurious and serene one-week ceramic retreat on a creative farm in India, where you'll indulge in a sensory experience.This retreat with Carolyn Clayton will dive into the art of ceramic flower making, exploring various hand-building techniques and honing observation skills to replicate nature’s finest creations. From the graceful curves of petals to the intricate texture of leaves, we will delve into the smallest details, striving for authenticity and beauty in every piece we create.
Carolyn Clayton is a ceramic artist known for creating exquisite and delicate flowers with meticulous attention to detail. With a passion for capturing the beauty of nature, her artistry shines through as she meticulously shapes and paints each petal, infusing life and grace into her ceramic creations. Through intricate craftsmanship, Carolyn brings a touch of elegance and enchantment to the world of ceramics, captivating admirers with her stunning floral masterpieces. Her work is recognized with several high-profile clients and commissions like Harrods and Macy’s.
Retreat Fee: USD $1500 inclusive of all studio materials, glazes and firings, meals, accommodation, activities and a guided visit to Chandigarh for sightseeing and shopping.
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 along with a session with Carolyn to understand the tone of the creative retreat and understanding the ancient art of bone china flower making.
Welcome dinner in the main house, followed by a presentation by Carolyn, sharing her insights and journey as an artist.
Start the day with some soothing Yoga and meditation followed by breakfast.
In the studio, learn how to make bone china flowers using traditional tools. Studio work will continue till early evening with a break for lunch and tea.
Post studio time, freshen up or take a swim before diving into a pizza dinner by the pool, followed by some fun games.
Embark on a refreshing morning trek, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature, followed by a picnic-style breakfast by the lake.
Dive into a creative session at the studio, sketching and ideating to design your flower project. Practice making a number of different flowers and petals using stoneware clay.
End the evening with dinner and discussions with Carolyn on individual projects.
Begin the day with a tranquil yoga and meditation session, allowing your body and mind to find balance and serenity.
Finalize sketches for the flower wall/table project and interpret your ideas into a visual for the final piece. Start working on individual projects.
Indulge in a fun culinary experience with our "make your own pizza" night, where you'll unleash your inner chef and create your own delicious wood-fired pizza.
Early morning boating experience, followed by a fulfilling breakfast.
Engage in a productive studio session with lunch and tea breaks. Carolyn 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.
Start with yoga and meditation, followed by breakfast on the pool deck.
Learn surface decoration by applying slip, underglaze watercolor technique, tracing tools, and scraping. Incorporate the techniques in your projects.
Enjoy dinner and a presentation by Andy, your host, on her journey and style as a ceramic artist.
Get some alone time and relax this morning, followed by breakfast.
Wrap up projects in the studio by adding final touches, cleaning up and storing for drying.
Venture beyond the farm for a nice lunch, some shopping and sightseeing around the beautiful city of Chandigarh.
Farewell dinner in the main house, share experiences and conclude the retreat.
Farewell breakfast together before proceeding to depart.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|8:00 - 10:00 pm||Interactive activity|