Harriet Coleridge - France


NAKED RAKU MASTERCLASS

Sunday 23rd - Saturday 29th August 2020


THE TUTOR: MOYRA STEWART

Moyra Stewart is a professional potter who lives and works in Auchtermuchty, Fife, Scotland. She is a selected member of the Craft Potters Association and in 2015 she was awarded The Craft and Design Maker of the year. Her work is exhibited in galleries across Britain and in Japan and Canada.

She has been teaching for over 30 years in Canada and the U.K. with long experience of enabling students to realise their own creative voice. In her Naked Raku workshops, which are scheduled infrequently, she has enabled students to explore and master the complex techniques of Naked Raku.

This masterclass is a rare opportunity to spend a concentrated time working with her.


THE COURSE

The course itself will run for five days from Monday to Friday.

On Sunday everyone will be welcomed at the house during the afternoon/evening and there will be dinner for all.

The following Saturday everyone will depart after breakfast.

There will be a maximum group size of six people so that everyone will be assured individual attention.

Over the course of five days Moyra will guide you through handbuilding and preparing a vessel and plates or tiles. She will then cover different surface techniques, slip and glaze preparation. Three days will be spent on slip and glaze application, with an emphasis on firing.

Tuition each day will be from 9.00 till 3.00 with an hour for lunch.

The studio will be accessible until 9.00 pm.

The cost of the course includes materials, tools and firing.


“Moyra makes sublime, perfect, inspirational naked raku . She is a gifted teacher and I have been privileged to work with her.”
Suzan Hutchison, Cupar

“Moyra Stewart’s work is absolutely tremendous and as a potter, I wanted to learn from her lifelong experience with Raku methods. I had the pleasure of joining a Scottish Potters Association workshop being led by Moyra. The advice on making and preparing your pot for firing inspired me to make a larger pot. She demonstrated the various ways to decorate in readiness for firing. On the day of firing, her instruction on all safety aspects was very impressive. She emphasised the dangers of Raku firing, ensuring the safety of all participants. Finally for the firing, my large pot could not have turned out better. Since then, I have confidently made and fired several Naked Raku pots with great results every time thanks to the lessons given by Moyra. “
Christine Flynn Chair of SPA


HOUSE & GARDEN

The house is an old stone Charentais house which has, over the past two years, been fully restored. Harriet Coleridge has owned it for twenty years and has done much work in the garden, planting many fruit trees - cherry, apricot, fig, pear, apple, persimmon, plum and greengage - and a copse of thirty six silver birch. The light, purpose built studio is in the middle of the garden - looking down towards the swimming pool which is on the edge of a beautiful valley. The woods on the surrounding hills are birch, chestnut and oak and the fields grow maize, wheat or sunflowers. On one side of the garden is an anagama kiln, first built in 2003. The next firing is to be in April 2020.

There is a table tennis table and a large shaded space for yoga.

There is room for six people to sleep comfortably. One of the rooms has twin beds. Two have doubles. If anyone should want to bring a partner who doesn’t want to make pots they would be welcome. Though this might not work if everyone wanted to do so.

It would also be possible to sleep in a tent. This would, of course, be less expensive.

There are three bathrooms (loo, basin, shower). The wall tiles in all the showers were made last year by Harriet. The bathroom floors are of reclaimed tiles from Spain.


THE SURROUNDING AREA

There is plenty to keep non potting partners happy. Within ten miles one can play tennis or golf, go hiking, horse riding, tree climbing or canoeing.

There is a lovely river for swimming - The Dronne - in nearby Aubeterre and there is a pool in the garden.

In Aubeterre, one can visit the exceptional monolithic church, hewn out of the rock by monks in the 12th century and spend hours walking around the beautiful narrow streets. There are several potters’ studios and a number of good restaurants and bars.

The lovely towns of Brantome, Cognac, Perigueux are within easy reach and Bordeaux is just over an hour away. There are several chateaux to visit including those at Mareuil, Villebois Lavalette and Bourdeilles.


GETTING THERE

By car: it is about 6 hours drive from Caen (or Le Havre/St. Malo)
By train: it is 2 hours on the TGV from Paris, arriving Angouleme
By plane: the nearest airports are Bergerac or Bordeaux
It will be possible to collect you from Angouleme.


COST

The total cost will be £900.00 per person.

This includes tuition, tools, materials and firing.

As well as full bed and board:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided each day.
The food will be fresh, home cooked, vegetarian and there will be wine at lunch and dinner.
Tea/coffee will be available during the day.

The cost for a partner to stay and to join everyone for meals will be £400.00.

As the course is limited to six people it would be advisable to book early.
We will ask you for a deposit of £200.00.
£50.00 will be non-returnable. The remainder will be returned to you if you cancel before 1st June.


If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact Moyra or Harriet:

Moyra:
stewartmoyra@yahoo.co.uk
www.moyrastewart.com
01337 828454

Harriet:
harrietcoleridge14@gmail.com

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