25th – 29th July and 22nd – 26th August, 2018

Pottery is one of the oldest human inventions. The term refers to objects made of clay that have been brought into a desired shape, dried, and either fired or baked to fix their form. Due to its abundance and durability, pottery is one of the most common types of items found by archaeologists during excavations, and it has the potential of providing valuable information about the human past.

The art of pottery is believed to be therapeutic and relaxing. While spinning clay, your mind and body are in natural synergy, wrapped around your creative thoughts and emotions.

Come to Vana for a healing experience with clay. Revive your connect with nature and explore your creativity while you create your own master art piece!

Sanjay Gupta, an investment banker at New York city, turned to a self-taught potter and settled in Dehradun, will be in residence at Vana to take ‘Pottery and Ceramics’ sessions for interested Vanavasi from 25th July to 29th July and again from 22nd August to 26th August. Sanjay is well known for his hand-buffed terracotta work in addition to his organic ceramic artwork. His sculptures in wood and bronze are worth seeing. One of his greatest works is ‘Tapasvi Buddha’ statue at Bodhivana space of Vana. His artistic endeavours are spontaneous, intuitive, and in many ways quite basic, but liberating. He feels that pottery has not just taught him creative discipline but has also helped begun his spiritual journey.

Your pottery and ceramic journey during this retreat will include:

  • Introduction to terracotta and ceramic clay
  • Hand building techniques: pinching, coiling and slab building
  • Working on the potter’s wheel to shape clay into bowl
  • Glazing your shaped bowl
  • Firing to receive your final creative art

To book your retreat at Vana or to express interest in attending this retreat, please email Retreat Reservations at [email protected] or call us on +91 135 3911114. You may also decide to attend these sessions after your arrival at Vana, however numbers for this retreat are limited!