I have been looking forward to this trip for the last several years, as we’d had to delay our visit due to COVID. I haven’t been throwing for very long before COVID struck; and had a long hiatus during the lockdown. I was able to quickly recapture the basics – and then progress even faster – thanks to Sylph’s instruction. I had hoped to learn to center larger lumps of clay, to make bigger bowls and also lids, spouts, and plan and create consistent/matched sets. I learned all of this and more…
Sylph has incredible attention to detail and helped me train my hands and my eyes to create much finer pots with a more professional finish. I’m absolutely thrilled with what I learned and my final wares as well. If you’re so inclined Sylph will also work with you to mix and create your own glazes and understand more about the firing process. I’m heading home so inspired and ready to take my pots to the next level.
Outside of the studio, Sylph also offers a fantastic experience. She’s a warm and gracious hostess. The mill is a gorgeous old building and the gite is a cozy and comfortable home to relax in each evening. The midday meals were thoughtfully chosen, we visited five different local restaurants, allowing us to see a lot of the surrounding countryside. We also met some other potter friends and visited their studio as well as a local nut mill, market and shops. Dinners at Sylph’s table are beautifully prepared with local produce (much of it from her garden) and there’s great conversation and an opportunity to read from her pottery library or watch videos together. In all, a beautiful holiday in the French countryside which stimulated my creativity, nourished my soul and fed all of my senses. Highly recommended.
Thank you Sylph!
Gina Pelucca, New Orleans, USA