I came with my friend, Gina, in the Fall of 2022. Gina is an intermediate potter. I am a beginner. Not only is Sylph incredibly knowledgeable about ceramics in all forms, she was also terrific at tailoring this experience to me and Gina. In addition, Sylph is a patient instructor and very generous with her time. She was with us at least 12 hours a day, every day, thoughtfully answering any and every question we had.
The 17th century mill we stayed at was very charming. We had hot chocolate croissants for breakfast and fresh eggs from her hens. Sylph cooked lovely dinners for us every night and also booked us lunches at French restaurants that ran the gamut from casual country bistros to fancier old chateauxs with unbelievable views. We loved every meal.
Sylph helped take my throwing to new heights. Literally. I threw 2 lbs of clay which was more than I had ever done before and made a berry bowl which I am very, very happy with. Sylph’s attention to detail and her fine finishing processes will forever stay with me and Gina and inform the ceramics we make from here on out.
Our time with Sylph has reinvigorated our creativity, fed our souls, and left us hungry for more pottery.
She is a dynamic woman and my time at her mill was truly a dream. I will stay in touch!
Jennifer Koman, San Francisco, USA
Jenn has also produced two videos of her stay with Sylph. See them HERE