“We believe that each one of us is creative. And the right space and people can help cultivate this creativity and bring your imagination to life.”
We’re an art studio using clay / ceramics / pottery as a medium, nestled in a quaint village in Himachal Pradesh, India. We started in 2019 in Dharamkot village with one pottery wheel, a few kgs of clay and a simple dream of making a community art space. We’re self taught artists from different backgrounds and with different stories; the Studio and art connect all of us together.
In Dharamkot Village there are 2 studios 10 minutes walk apart, both studios cover approximately 5000 square feet area in total and accommodate 32 peoples at a time. Both places are equipped independently yet function as one unit.
Studio-1 which is our old studio is used for daily/non residential workshops while studio-2 is used for retreats and beginners course. At the studio 2 we have accommodation for 18 people.
Both places are well connected by road and have an amazing view of mountains. We use terracotta and stoneware clay, pottery wheels, slab rollers, low-mid fire glazes and gas/elactric kilns.
Dharamkot studio is primarily a community art space where people can learn art and use the studio space/materials.
Studio itself is not making any products; artists make their work in the studio and sell on their own or from the studio. These artists and their products will be listed on the website shop very soon.
On an elevation of 2100 m, Dharamkot is a small hill station in Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. On the crest of a hill above McLeodGanj, (Dalai lama stays here and also place of Tibetan government in exile ), Dharamkot is a spot with wide views of the Kangra Valley and the Dhauladhar ranges. Dharamkot also has the world famous Vipassana meditation centre, Dhamma Shikara and Tushita Meditation Centre which is a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism in the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. Famous for yoga, meditation and Hippies Since 1970s, Dharamkot is also known as second home for Israeli tourists coming to India. Most of the restaurants here serve Israeli dishes.
Weather and climate
The climate in Dharamkot remains varied yet beautiful no matter what time of the year you visit. Summer (April to June) have a beautiful sunny day with a mild chill at night. Winters (dec-feb) have heavy snowfall with stunning views of snow-clad mountains and areas all around.
How to Reach
By Air- Gaggal airport is around 20 km (45-60 minutes) from the studio, direct taxi (INR1000-1100) to studio will be available.
By Bus- Overnight journey from Delhi by semi sleeper bus. Nearest bus station is Mcleodganj ( 2km) and Dharmshala (8 km), from the bus station you can take a taxi to the studio.
By Train- Pathankot (85km) is the nearest railway station, from Pathankot you can take public transport to Dharamshala and then taxi to the Studio. Or you can take a taxi from Pathankot to the studio