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Spring Pottery Retreat With Bridget Bodenham

Spring Pottery Retreat with Bridget Bodenham

Spring Pottery Retreat

with Bridget Bodenham

25th February to 3rd March 2024

Welcome to our Early Spring Pottery Retreat on the picturesque Aura farm! Nestled amidst nature's embrace, this intimate retreat promises a holistic experience like no other.

As the season awakens, join us for a heartwarming journey of self-discovery, creativity, and connection. Our days will be filled with pottery classes that allow you to mold your artistic visions, invigorating trek through the lush countryside, rejuvenating yoga and meditation sessions, and nourishing meals made from the farm's bounty.

Prepare to forge lasting bonds, share stories, and explore the medium of clay with Bridget Bodenham.

Retreat Fee: USD 1700 inclusive of all studio materials, glazes and firings, meals, accommodation, activities and a guided visit to Chandigarh for sightseeing and shopping.

Meet the Artist

Bridget Bodenham’s aim is always to seek new ways of making functional and sculptural works with clay. Working and living amongst a bushland setting in country Victoria, Australia, she feels immense joy to create within and is inspired by its changing landscape.

Bridget's approach to clay is fun, curious and always expanding in its possibilities. This workshop will be individually outcome based. Guided demonstrations and unique techniques will be shared with the group and exchanged between participants. Participants will create lasting skills and an approach to the material that will surprise and delight! Fun meets function. We hope you will join us and enjoy!

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Day 1- 25th Feb (Sun)

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 Bridget to understand the tone of the creative retreat.

We will explore several personal construction techniques e.g; slab, coil, pinched and wheel altered. Learn the artist’s approach to treat the material and what are the critical stages of its transformation. Introduction to making clay molds to use as a tool to form work and to explore surface and texture.

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

Day 2- 26th Feb (Mon)

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

Demonstration of various wheel formed and hand formed forms. Share insights about tips and tricks where making may seem challenging.

Lunch.

Seek creative inspiration from something outside at Aura to bring into the studio and study. Plan and sketch the projects you desire to make/potential to make maquette.

Start to implement the first form you want to explore, small scale exploration of a larger piece.

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

Day 3- 27th Feb (Tue)

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

Finalize sketches for the projects and interpret your ideas into a visual for the final piece. Start working on individual projects. Explore techniques that will assist your project on a one to one basis.

End the evening with dinner and discussions with Bridget on individual projects.

Day 4- 28th Feb (Wed)

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

Explore surface treatments for texture, tone and decoration.

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

Day 5- 29th Feb (Thus)

Yoga and meditation followed by a fulfilling breakfast.

Incorporate all four days of clay and ceramic exploration into the individual project. Explore different applications of color via stain and glaze.

In the evening, gather around the crackling bonfire, sharing stories and laughter under the starlit canvas of the night.

Day 6- 1st March (Fri)

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

Final day to learn all the skills and techniques of construction and surface exploration to complete your work.

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

Day 7- 2nd March (Sat)

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.

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

Day 8- 3rd March (Sun)

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.

DAILY SCHEDULE  
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

Terms

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