beginners Course

(5-10 weeks)

Upcoming batches 

15 Apr- 19 May (Sold out)
21 May-24 Jun (Sold out)
1 Jul- 4 Aug (Available-1)
27 Aug- 29 Sep (Available-4)
1 Oct- 4 Nov (Available-4)
6 Nov- 10 Dec (Available-4)

Seats- 4 students/batch 

This course is designed for those who wish to learn pottery/ceramics and take it further as a profession or a serious hobby. It’s a full-time course, a thoughtful blend of technical guidance and artistic educational goals for students to bring up their skill levels.

This course is curated in 2 parts. Where Part 1 is an intensive learning experience focusing on learning all the basic aspects in the duration of 5 weeks. While the second part (extension course) is focused on self-reflective learning with mentoring whenever required.

The duration of the second part can be anywhere between 1-5 weeks, students can choose the duration of their extension course before or after completing the course. For a better understanding of ceramics/pottery, 5 weeks practice under a mentor is recommended. 

In the entire course we will be using mid-range (cone 5-7) stoneware clay/ glazes in electric and gas-fired kilns.

Part 1 (5 weeks)-  (intensive learning course)

Timing: 10am-5pm 6 days a week. 
Location – Studio-2 (art retreat centre) 
68000+taxes (including- all materials without stay and food)  
138000+taxes (including- private room, all meals and materials)   

It is a full time learning experience. During this course you will learn all the basics like –

  • understanding clay as a medium, materials, tools, as well as recycling clay.
  • techniques of forming like wheel throwing, hand-building.
  • Brief introduction to techniques of production mould making, slip casting, jiggering.
  • basic understanding of glazes, glazing and firing.
  • Understanding design and possibilities for self-expression with clay.
  • Exposure visit: other studios/ local potters.
  • All these subjects include theory, demo, practice, tasks and discussions. 

Ceramics is a vast subject, learning pottery as a skill is a slow and dedication required process, making you feel overwhelmed at times and forfeited at others. 5 weeks of learning will create a basic understanding and confidence to pursue studio pottery.

Part 2 – (extension course)
Timing: 10am-5pm, 6 days a week. Duration- 1-5 weeks (optional)
Location- studio 1 (old studio)
Fees- 6000+ taxes/week (Materials and firing charges extra) 

Stay and meals are not provided in this course, there are many home stays/ guest houses around the studio which you can book once you are here.

This second part of the course is optional; you can choose to take it for 1 to 5 weeks. The purpose of this extension period is to provide students time and studio space for practice under a mentor.

These 5 weeks are focused on skill improvement and developing independence and confidence in students to prepare to start their own studio in future.

  • During this time period there will no teaching sessions
  • all the learning initiatives are supposed to be taken by the students as an Independent Study focusing on-
    • Skill improvement
    • Production skill-set
    • Learning through experimentation

      Independent study, provides the opportunity for supervised, focused study in an area or direction mutually agreed upon between student and mentor.

After this course also you will need a lot of practice and study to become a professional artist/potter. This course is just the first step towards your journey, in this field learning is a continuous process and your success/growth depends on your own efforts.

How to apply
To apply in this course write an email on 

Attach- your CV/Resume/portfolio
Write- Which batch do you want to join, the type of stay you would take, about yourself, your motivation to join this course, about if you have any prior experience with clay or any kind of art. 

Your email will be reviewed and replied in 3-5 days. There is no last date to join this course, admissions are on an availability basis.

Cancellation/rescheduling- Booking amount will be 30% of the total amount, which is non refundable. Your course can be rescheduled in any case of emergency.    


Q- Are the courses running all year?
A- Usually yes, but only the next 6 months schedule will be on the website and available to book.    

Q- What are the other stay options near the studio, if I want to live outside the studio?
A- There are many guest houses/ homestays around the studio (10-15 minutes walk), we can provide you with a list with the contact number on request during the admission process. 

Q- Do I need to bring anything with me for the course? 
A- No, All the materials, tools, apron, hand towel will be provided.

Q- Can I start my own studio after this course? 
A- Yes, you can start a basic studio, there are many students who have started their studio after the beginners course. 

Q- Can I use the studio space after 10 weeks for more practice? If yes, what will be the charges? 
A- Yes, it depends on availability and you will have to apply for it separately. You can use the studio space for 500/day, material/firing cost will be extra.

Q- What is the difference between pottery and ceramics ? 

A- There is no difference, ceramics a is a modern terms for pottery and umbrella terms for any kind of clay like terracotta, stoneware, porcelain. Pottery is a part of ceramics while other things in the ceramics can be- floor tiles, bricks, washbasins and countless other things which includes different compositions of clay and glass. 

Q- Is there anything I need to know before I sign up for this course ? 

A- This course includes long sitting hours and physical work, we suggest avoiding taking this course if you have any physical/health issues. 

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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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