Hand Building & Smoke Firing - South West France
11th - 17th June 2017

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The Moulin
I am very much looking forward to running this course at Sylph Baier's beautiful 17th Century mill not far from Bergerac. Sylph runs residential throwing courses at The Moulin and has kindly invited me to hold a smoke fired ceramic course with the use of her facilities and offering great residency packages.

We will be using traditional pottery techniques, such as coiling and slabbing, looking at forms suitable for smoke firing and exploring different ways of creating unique surface patterns, including burnishing. The work will then be bisque fired to a 1000°C whilst we collect plant and other material to surround the work in the smoke bins which will be lit towards the end of the week. The excitement of pulling your work out and discovering it's transformation gives a real buzz at the end of the course.

Tuition will be structured in a similar fashion to Sylph's other courses with 20 hours of tuition and a workshop available until 9 pm. If you have any questions regarding the course please do get in contact with me here.

Residency Packages include:

Residency packages are with full board, lodging and airport transfers. The closest airport is Bergerac with competitively priced flights from London Stansted and Southampton.

Airport transfers from and too Bergerac Airport. Please inform us of your flight details.

Full board and lodging. Continental buffet breakfast, a 3 course French lunch at the local inn and a light buffet supper at the Moulin. Note: Dietary requirements can be catered for, please let us know in advance.

Use of the library and sitting areas at the Moulin as well as access to the grounds for walks and relaxation. The Moulin is in an area which is accredited as a bird sanctuary and is situated in a valley with extensive woodland walks


Please contact Sylph to book a place on the course.

If you wish to attend the course and your partner just wants a holiday a special partners rate of £380 is available for full board and lodging. Please let us know when booking.

To book a deposit of 20% secures your booking and is non refundable should you cancel. Balance is due before arrival.

There are lots more photos of The Moulin and information on Sylphs website.