For those who do not know La Borne :
It is an old pottery village with a long history of ceramics and it's located in central France, in the Berry region. For a few hundred years, it produced utensils that were fired in gigantic wood-fired ovens. Traditionally, this was French chippings. After the First World War, this production slowly came to an end when the use of aluminium and glass and later plastic took over.
Nowadays, about sixty ceramists have their workshops in or near La Borne, where everything revolves around ceramics and kilns. It is the most inspiring environment to work with clay for a week that you could imagine. Some of my colleagues offer us the chance to come in through the back door willing to reveal more than the usual tip of the veil.
We have a spacious, nicely heated and well-equipped workshop at our disposal. As usual, a turntable is available for each participant.
The emphasis of the course is on turning, but you can also model.
Of course we work with La Borne clay, which we get from the local manufacturer. which will give you the opportunity to see how the clay is prepared.
At the end of the week, the pieces that are dry can be baked( if you are lucky, in a wood-fired oven).
There is the possibility to stay in a large holiday home but you can also bring your own caravan or mobile home which can be parked next to the house.
or of course invent something else yourself.
The course day runs from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3pm to 5pm with at the end of the day an excursion through the village and visits to the potteries.
The day starts with a communal breakfast at 8.30 am. At 1.00 pm we provide a simple lunch and in the evening at 8 pm there is an evening meal. All in the holiday home .