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One Week Retreat With Peter White

One week Retreat with Carolyn Clayton

Pottery Fusion
with Peter White

Supported by his wife Gill

Oct 16-22, 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 The Great Pottery Throwdown finalist- Peter White will explore wheel thrown and Hand built sculptural pieces adding surface decoration using texture, hand built elements and distortion to create unique pieces of art that are inspired by the world around us. Observing the beautiful setting of Aura farm will provide stimulation through shapes and forms that will be used to inspire the pieces we create.

Peter White has been inspired by the creative industries for most of his adult life. He has worked as an engineer, teacher and designer, but now he uses clay to create unique sculptural forms, inspiring vessels and tableware, using both traditional firing and alternative firing methods. He trained and worked as an art and design teacher, started his own pottery studio and became a much-loved and very successful contestant on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throw Down. Peter works with his wife Gill who is a trained art and design teacher. Gill works with glass and clay, she loves manipulating the surface of the forms she creates.

Retreat Fee: £1200 inclusive of all studio materials, glazes and firings, meals, accommodation, airport transfer, activities and a guided visit to Chandigarh for sightseeing and shopping.


Oct 16

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 Peter to understand the tone of the creative retreat and understanding the art of manipulating, decorating and distorting a clay form.

Welcome dinner in the main house, followed by a presentation by Peter and Gill, sharing their insights and journey as artists.

Oct 17

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

In the studio, learning how to distort a thrown form and how to decorate using manipulation, texture, and glaze printing and painting. Observations sketches from around Aura to inspire the distortion of your form. 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 18

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. Peter will have thrown you a form that you will distort and manipulate using your observations for inspiration, adding surface decoration to support your observations.

End the evening with dinner and discussions with Peter and Gill on individual projects.

Oct 19

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

In the studio we will create a hand built altered form - finalise designs and ideas for individual manipulate and altered pieces. Plan and start the building process.

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 20

Early morning boating experience, followed by a fulfilling breakfast.

Engage in a productive studio session with lunch and tea breaks. Peter and Gill will guide and help you work on your hand built projects.

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

Oct 21

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

Add surface decoration by applying slip, underglaze,scraping and glaze printing. 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 22

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 23

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 cosy space with all rooms opening onto a central lounge where residents get together for meals, music and socialising 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.