workshops are for beginning as well as for advanced potters.
Experience is not necessary; you work at your own level of skills
and improve your own craftsmanship. The first three days we will
be at the potters wheels. After that your first fired objects will
be glazed. Glazing is an almost magical process in which quartz
mixed with metal oxides complete your work. In the intense heat of
the kiln (more than 1000 degrees centigrade) the object is changed
from clay into crockery. On the final day of the course your work
will be fired by one of the special techniques (depending on the
week). This can either be Raku, Anagama or Crystalline-glazing.
For more information on these firing techniques, please see
“themes”. During the Crystalline weeks we will also have a
pitfire… The daring among you can help play with fire during the
Anagama, Raku or Pitfire. When in doubt about what theme to
choose, feel free to contact us.
Beginners will learn the
basic principals of throwing and glazing.
Advanced potters can find out about the different techniques of
throwing, e.g. making bottlenecks or round vases. You can also
work on creating your own glazes.
Children can participate in the course; it is up to you as a
parent to decide whether your child will be able to concentrate
long enough and work independently. This is what a typical day with us looks
like: breakfast will be served from 8 till 9 o’clock, after which
the lessons start. There will be a coffee break around 10h30 and
lunch will be served at one o’clock . The afternoons are free: you
can continue working in the workshop or do something else. Tea and
coffee will be served around four and we’ll have dinner at seven
The week: on your first day you can arrive from 3 o’clock onward.
Our first meal together will be at 7 o’clock . Day 2 to day 6: see
above. On the last day the kilns will be opened after breakfast,
you can clean up and pack your things; the ceramic center closes
at noon.Equipment: The workshop is
fully equiped with 15 potters wheels, a pug mill to recycle used
clay, three electric kilns, a gaz-kiln, a mini anagama (wood
kiln), over 50 raw materials to create glazes and all sorts of
tools. Advanced throwers may want to bring their own tools. At the
end of the week everyone returns home with one or more finished
The teacher: the workshops are taught by Bo Filarski. All products
shown on this site are made by her.
(For questions about what to wear,
diets, children, dogs etc please see “Conditions” at the prices
page. For all other questions feel free to contact us.)