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Ceramic Flowers With Carolyn Oct 1-8

One week Retreat with Carolyn Clayton

Ceramic Flowers
with Carolyn Clayton

Oct 1-8, 2023

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.


Oct 1

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.

Oct 2

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.

Oct 3

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.

Oct 4

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.

Oct 5

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.

Oct 6

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.

Oct 7

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.

Oct 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.

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 Carolyn Clayton for the company’s marketing purposes.