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Art of Wheel Throwing (5 Days) 


Level– Beginners
Time –11AM- 1.30PM or 3:00- 5:30  
Total Duration – 12.5 HOURS (2.5 hours/day) 
Dates- starts every Friday

Fees (Non residential)
10600+18% GST/person (Including – material, tea/coffee)

Fees (Residential) –
28100+18% GST/ for 1 person
46700+18% GST/ for 2 people 

Including – materials and private room for 5 nights.
Excluding– meals, firing and glazing
– Till June last week stay will be 7-8 minutes walk from the studio. During July and Aug stay and studio will be at the same place, which is our retreat centre. 
– Meals will be available at the stay with extra charges.

Age – 18years +

This five-day workshop is designed to propel beginners/ intermediate into the art of wheel throwing. Over this short timeframe, participants will progress carefully from foundational techniques to advanced skills, shaping a complete understanding of pottery creation on wheel. Perfect for individuals seeking a prompt yet detailed introduction to pottery, our condensed format ensures a solid foundation in wheel throwing.

Workshop Outline:

The course is spread over five sessions, each designed meticulously to cover various aspects of pottery and art of wheel throwing.

Day 1: Introduction to the potter’s wheel, tools, and clay.

Day 2: Basic Forms- Refining centring techniques for cylinders and bowls.

Day 3: Advanced shaping techniques – pulling, trimming, and altering shapes.

Day 4: Introduction to surface decoration: carving, incising, adding textures.

Day 5: Focus on refining shapes, smoothing surfaces, and final touches.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Structured learning from basics to intermediate wheel throwing.
  • Hands-on practice and guided instructions.
  • Creation of various pottery forms including cylinders, bowls, vases, and plates.
  • Participants will have access to skilled professionals who will provide personalised attention and guidance, ensuring a quality learning experience.

Bookings:

For booking and any other query please whatsapp/call on +91 9805312554 (Vivek)

Refund-
Non residential– 50% refund on cancellation. 
Residential- No, refund. Rescheduling is possible without extra charges in case of any emergency. 

Stay:

Stay facility is situated in the vicinity of Dharamkot’s beautiful mountains surrounded by a magnificent view. 
The accommodation lies amidst the forest, secluded from the hustle-bustle of the town yet easily approachable by road and just a 10-15 minutes walk away from the most of the tourists attractions in the village. We have single and double-occupancy rooms. We don’t put up strangers together- so you will either have the whole room or share it with someone you bring along.

All the rooms are with attached washrooms, high–speed WiFi, power backup, hot water, electric kettle, heaters/Fan balcony. You will have a view of the Dhauladhar mountain range from your room!

Laundry and taxi services are available with extra charges at the property.

Meals:

An in–house cafeteria at the stay facility provides delicious and healthy vegetarian/non vegetarian food. Apart from in–house cafe there are many other cafes to explore, just a 7-10 minutes walk away from the stay. Meals not included in the price. 

Weather:

Mar– Jun: The summer season in the mountains can be an absolutely stunning time of year. With the snow melted away and the sun shining, the mountains come alive with an array of colours, scents, and sounds. The temperature during the day can range from pleasantly cool to warm, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities. The air is crisp and fresh, with a sweet scent of pine and other mountain flora.

Bring – Sunglasses, hiking shoes and light clothes with a light jacket for cooler evenings.

How to Reach:

By Air – Dharamshala airport (DHM) is the nearest airport which is around 20 km (50 minutes) from the studio, Delhi, direct taxi (1200/-) to the studio will be available.

By Bus – Overnight journey from Delhi by AC semi-sleeper bus. These buses are comfortable and safe, you can book the on Redbus or zingbus app. The nearest bus station is Dharamshala (8 km), and from the bus station, you can take a taxi (Rs. 600/-) to the studio.

By Train – Pathankot (85km) is the nearest railway station, from Pathankot you can take public transport to Dharamshala and then a taxi to the Studio. Or you can take a taxi from Pathankot to the studio.

FAQs:

Q. Do I need any prior experience in pottery?
A-No prior experience is required. However, individuals with some prior experience can also benefit from refining their skills.

Q. Will I be able to take home the pottery I make during the workshop?
A-Yes, these pieces can be fired/glazed and shipped to your address with an additional cost of 800-1200/piece. the shipping process will take around 3-4 weeks.

Q. How do I sign up for the workshop, and what is the payment process?
A- To book your slot please whatsapp on +91 98053 12554 (Vivek)   

ACTIVITY
Day 1 (Friday) - Today, you will arrive in the serene village of Dharamkot. We recommend you check-in to our Studio latest by 12PM, though checkin time is till 2PM.
After settling-in to your rooms, you will be served lunch at the cafeteria.
At 4 PM, you will start with your first workshop “An Introduction to Pottery”. This workshop will take about 2.5 to 3 hrs.
At night, you will indulge in dinner (possibly around a bonfire depending on weather) and then relax.
Day 2 (Saturday) - Today, you will start your day with a warm cup of tea & Nature Walk to Naddi. The trail meanders through the forests, offering stunning views of the valley below and the distant mountain ranges.
On returning, you will be served a sumptuous breakfast in our cafe.
At around 11 AM, you will head to the Studio for your second workshop. Today we will split the group in two batches for personalised attention to all participants. One group will attend the “Hand-building- pinching” workshop and the other will learn the “Intro to Pottery Wheel” workshop. Each workshop will take about 2.5 hrs.
Then you will break for lunch.
Post-lunch, you will take the second workshop from the above two, depending on what you did in the morning.
Wrap up your dinner at our cafe.
Day 3 (Sunday) - Today is a mix of learning and exploration!

After breakfast, you will attend the fourth workshop on “Texturing/Surface Decoration”.
Then after lunch, you will start your local sightseeing tour. Our expert local guides will take you to the Dalai Lama Temple, St. John’s in the Wilderness Church and the Mcleodganj Market. Take time to experience the spiritual energy of Dharamshala.
You can either return to the Studio with our guide in a cab which departs by 6 PM or stay longer and take a taxi back.
Dinner will be served in the evening but you can also explore one of the many restaurants/ bars in Mcleodganj.
Day 4 (Monday) - You will begin the day with yoga/meditation at one of the many renowned yoga studios in Dharamkot.

Then, head back to the Studio for breakfast and another day of pottery learning. You will now learn the advanced techniques in pottery making in your fifth and sixth art sessions.
We will again split the group in two batches for personalised attention to all participants. One group will attend the “Advanced Hand-building- Slab/coiling method” workshop and the other will learn the “Wheel Throwing/ Shaping Technique” workshop. Each workshop will take about 2.5 hrs.
Then you will break for lunch.
Post-lunch, you will take the second workshop from the above two, depending on what you did in the morning.
Wrap up your dinner at our cafe. By now you must have made friends with instructors and other participants, so we are sure you have some amazing conversations.
Day 5 (Tuesday) - You will begin the day with another session of yoga/meditation.
Then, head back to the Studio for breakfast. You will now attend the last and seventh art session on “ surface decoration with Coloured Under-Glazes”. The session will be of 2.5 hrs.
After lunch, you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can pick your favourite thing to do today…finish off your artwork with some guidance from our instructors, head out and take a hike, go shopping, spend a lazy day in a cafe, walk around the flag point for sunset…the choices are endless. We will see you back at the Studio at 7 PM for our farewell dinner.
Day 6 (Wednesday) - Today is the day we bid adieu! After breakfast, it’s time to pack up and gaze at the Dhauladhar range for one last time till we see you again. The check-out is at 11 AM.

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INCLUDEDNOT INCLUDED
5 nights accommodationAirfare
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)Alcohol
Pottery Sessions Courier charges for shipping Art pieces you create
Half- Day tour to McleodgunjBank fee/ Money exchange fee/ Other payment charges
Nature walk, Yoga/Meditation SessionsLaundry
Art Supplies

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ACTIVITY
Day 1:
Arrive for check-in before 2 pm, allowing yourself to acclimate to the retreat atmosphere.
Explore your surroundings, connect with fellow participants, and commence your artistic journey with the first session from 4 pm to 6:30 pm(Charcoal).
Evening relaxation and dinner.
Day 2:

(8:30 am) After morning tea/coffee, board your vehicle and start your drive towards Himalayan Art Museum.
Breakfast, Museum Tour, Meditation and Thangka Drawing Workshop.

1:00 PM: Drive to Norbulingka.

Norbulingka is a self-sustaining community, where all members contribute to the larger vision of preserving Tibetan culture through the arts. It is a delight for travelers to see various Tibetan art forms such as paintings and woodwork.

Have lunch at one of the few restaurants at Norbulingka and explore the premises.
4:30 pm drive back to your hotel.
Evening relaxation and dinner.
Day 3:
(8:00 to 9:00 am) Start your day with yoga/meditation (8:00 to 9:00 am)
(11:00 am-1:30 pm) After breakfast, Acrylic pouring workshop at Dharamkot Studio- 2 (7 minutes walk from the hotel).
After lunch at the studio, you’ll meet your guide who’ll take you for a walk and exploration of Mcleodganj.
Take a beautiful walk around Dalai Lama Temple, explore cafes and shop if you wish.
Our guide will be with you till 6 pm.
After that, you can return to stay or get cozy in one of the many cafes of Mcleodganj.
The distance between Mcleodganj and your stay is just 2-3 km from the hotel.
Day 4:

(8:00 to 9:00 am) Start your day with yoga/meditation.
(11:00 am to 1:30 pm) Kangra Painting workshop at Dharamkot Studio-1 (5 minutes walk from the hotel).
After the session, walk back to your stay, have lunch, and relax for a while.
(4:00- 6:00 pm) Nature hike to the sunset viewpoint with the guide.
Return to the comfort of your stay in the evening and then enjoy the night as you wish.
Day 5:
(8:00 to 9:00 am) Start your day with sound healing.
(11:00 am-1:30 pm) After breakfast, Paint on Pottery workshop at Dharamkot Studio- 1 (7 minutes walk from the hotel).
After the session, you’re free to explore and spend your day as you desire.
Indulge in walks, cafe hopping, or shopping.
Day 6:

As the retreat concludes, savor a moment to absorb the scenic beauty of the Dhauladhar ranges. Check-out is at 11 am after a satisfying breakfast.

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InclusionsExclusions
Accommodation all daysPick-up & drop from the airport/bus stand
Breakfast on Day 2
Lunch on Day 3
Meals
All workshops with materials Nothing not mentioned in the inclusions
Art pieces made during the workshops. Bank fee/ Money exchange fee/ Other payment charges
Activities such as Yoga, Meditation & Sound Healing
Laundry
Norbulingka Institute Visit and Mcleodganj Walk
Nature hike
Internal transfers
Guide where required.

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