POTTERS COUNCIL CONFERENCE

CERAMICS IN BALI
Responding to Stimuli: cuisine, culture, craft, and landscape
August 4-17, 2013

Bali, Indonesia
Hosted by Potters Council at Gaya Ceramic

 

Responding to Stimuli: cuisine, culture, craft and landscape
Potters Council is excited to be going to Bali for the first time. Our past trips have proven that travel has always provided a source of inspiration for visual artists. This program will aim to combine selective visits to various places, studios, vistas, and cultural highlights of Bali with technical and conceptual ceramic demonstrations in Gaya CAC studio.
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The goal of the workshop will be to refresh creative inspiration by opening participants’ eyes to new perspectives via immersion in the rich and dynamic heritage of Bali. You’ll enjoy 4 days in the studio learning from Michela Foppiani, Hillary Kane and Marcello Massoni.

 

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Mark Your Calendar and Register Today!

 

Open to Artists Around-the-World

Featured Presenters:
Michela Foppiani, Hillary Kane,
Marcello Massoni, and Gyan Daniel Wall
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2 SPOTS FOR POTTERS NOW OPEN!

 

A wait list is available, call 614-794-5872 or 866-721-3324

(7:30am – 4:30pm Eastern | Mon-Fri) 

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Note: This trip is NOT handicap accessible.
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2 SPOTS FOR POTTERS NOW OPEN
Update of availability:
Remaining Potters Spots: 2
Remaining Non-Potters Spots: 0
Remaining Single Rooms: 0

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Daily Schedule for Potter and Non Potter | Presenters | Host Facility
Additional Travel Information | Registration Information
Potter Schedule | Non Potter Schedule

 

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Featured Artists: Michela Foppiani & Marcello Massoni, Hillary Kane, and Gyan Daniel Wall

 


What will you learn from the artists?

  • Create your own Bali-inspired design boards
  • Learn Bali Inspired surface techniques that include rice hulls, volcanic sand, wax resist shell surface, chiseled-stone texture
  • Naked Raku process from making the vessels to burnishing, treating the surfaces and firing.
  • See step-by-step process in photos of building a wood kiln with handmade raw brick and a middle-eastern arch-building technique as well as a tour of the on-site kilns.

 

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daily schedule

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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Travel Day(s) | Dependent on Location of Departure
Be sure to check travel time from your location in the world, and book a flight that arrives on Sunday, August 4, 2013.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013
Ubud/Bali | Arrival
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Attendees should plan to arrive in Ubud by early afternoon on Sunday, August 4.
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Bali International Airport – After arrival at the airport, attendees will need to get to their lodgings: Sri Ratih Cottages. Attendees can pre-pay for airport pickup for $25. This fee must be paid for at the time of registration. Attendees will need to provide Flight information to Potters Council. Attendees can also pay an additional $25 for an “Immigration escort”. This service will help expedite the process and bypass the sometimes long lines.

Denpasar (DPS) Airport
website: www.baliairport.com
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Sri Ratih Cottages
Jl.Raya Penestanan, Ubud Bali
Campuhan, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Tel. +62 361 975638
Fax. +62 361 976550
email:sriratih@indosat.net.id
Website: www.sriratihcottages.com
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Sri Ratih Cottages is around 45 minutes drive from Bali International Airport, yet only a few minutes drive to many restaurants, galleries and shops in Ubud town center. And only a 15 minute walk from the center of Ubud’s art culture. Enjoy the Balinese cultural center, Ubud, while staying in the peaceful Sri Ratih Cottages. It is walking distance from the village of Penestanan and is in traditional Balinese style, with thatched roofs, set in a garden setting with a pool. They also offer a restaurant with excellent Indonesian meals.
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Sri Ratih Cottages are decorated with a Balinese touch and are equipped with air conditioning, television and a private balcony or terrace. Room service is also provided 24-hours daily and they offer American style breakfast.
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  • Sri Ratih Cottages Facilities
    Safe deposit box

    Tour desk
    Facsimile
    Drug store
    Sri Ratih Cottages Restaurant International cuisine
    Free Wi-Fi Spot
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    Sri Ratih Cottages Services

    Taxi on call
    Car rental
    Doctor on call
    Laundry service
    Parking Area
    Room Service (Available 24 hours)

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Additional Hotel
We have added an additional Hotel De Munut Bungalows that are the sister hotel to the Sri Ratih Cottages. This hotel is located diagonally across the street.  Sri Ratih cottages are in the final stages of renovations and we will need to use both hotels to accommodate our group size.
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De Munut Bungalows
Jl, Penestanan, Ubud 80574 Gianyar Bali – Indonesia
Tel. +62 361 975039
Fax. +62 361 977152
email:info@munutbungalows.com
Website: www.munutbungalows.com
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The Munut Cottages is a traditional Balinese Architecture. The property was built in an area where tradition and nature abundant. Designed following Balinese’s architecture for royal family, De Munut Cottages is a choice for who to may concern with culture and harmonies feeling. Room service is also provided 24-hours daily and they offer American style breakfast. x
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De Munut Bungalows Facilities
Parking Area
Swimming Pool
Restaurant
Laundry
Spa and Massage
Transportation
Tour information
Free internet wireless access
Internet service
Medical Services (on call 24 Hours

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Schedule for Sunday

Arrival to 5pm | Free time to explore the area
 

5:30pm | Meet in Lobby for Pick-up via Shuttle
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6-8pm
| Welcome Dinner (included) at the INDUS restaurant.
Balinese cuisine will be featured for dinner and gorgeous sunset views will be relaxing.

 

8-9:30pm | A slide presentation at the Gaya Art Space: “Life and Culture of Bali” and dessert will be served. Return to cottages via Shuttle.

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Monday, August 5, 2013
“Taste of Bali”
A Traditional Market Tour and Balinese Compound. Ubud is known as the cultural center of Bali and as a land of artists. It is a place where you can have the opportunity to see the real Bali. Located on Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud Market has kept much of its traditional charm, with squatting Balinese sellers haggling loudly among spices and vegetables. The market also sells handcrafted items that originate from the neighboring villages.

 

 

Schedule for Monday:
7am | Breakfast at Hotel (included)

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8:30am | Meet in Lobby

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9am | Ubud MarketNote: there are many ATM machines for obtaining local currency.
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12-2pm
| Lunch: Traditional Balinese Compound (included)
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2-5pm
| Presentation at the Gaya Ceramic Arts Center | Tour and intro to Responding to Stimuli project.
Gaya is a production studio with a very creative edge: “We do not produce; we create.” The presentation will be about translating a concept and the design side of ceramics. Non potters are encouraged to attend.
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Dinner
| On Your Own
Participants will determine independently from the hundreds of restaurants in and around Ubud (walkable from hotel, or easily access by a short cab ride). Gaya will provide a list of their favorites, as well as an area restaurant guide. Restaurants range from street cart vendors, to sumptuous elegance rivaling any five star experience in the rest of the world. (Low end meals around $3 and high end around $20.)

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Collecting Visuals: Temple Architecture and Detail
The soul of the enchanting forest is the Old Pura Dalam Agung Pandangtegal Village Shiva temple. The monkey is believed to be the spiritual guardian of this temple. The ornate temple carving and the exploration of the religious culture will be highlighted. The Shiva lingam in the temple’s precincts is believed to be very old and it’s thought that Hindus who arrived from Java many centuries ago made this lingam, as the materials used matches the lingam at the Campuhan temple, which was the first base camp of these followers.
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The trees of the enchanting forest are considered by the Balinese to be sacred. No one is allowed to either collect leaves, bark, trim or cut trees without seeking the temple’s permission by praying, making offerings and consulting the holy priest.



Schedule for Tuesday:
8am | Breakfast at Hotel (included)

 

8:45am | Meet in the Lobby
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9:30-11:30am | Pura Dalem
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12-2pm
| Lunch (included)
Lunch will be at Sari Organik and will include a rice field culture experience and walk. Sari Organik is an experimental station for farming and food processing. It is located close to the center of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Sari Organik specialize in growing organic vegetables and rice and making other products that can be processed from local produce. Sari Organik is basing its practices on fair trade standards and tries to enrich the environment and the life of farmers and their families.

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After lunch Potters and Non Potters will separate for the afternoon.

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2-5pm  | Potters: Responding to Stimuli: Translating a Concept and Bali-Inspired Surfaces

Potters will head back to Gaya Ceramic Arts Center for an afternoon discussion about going from the sketch or concept into a ceramic thought. It is recommended that Potters bring their sketch book for discussion and for recording visual inspiration in Bali. See Presenter Hillary Kane below for more details.

 

2-5pm  | Non Potters: Lukisan Museum and Craft Market

The non potters will visit the Lukisan Museum (history of painting in Bali) and visit the Ubud Craft Market. The Lukisan museum is the first private museum of Balinese art in Bali since 1954. The buildings, which house the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are surrounded by lush gardens and lotus ponds for the enjoyment for the visitors. Here the beauties of nature provide a peaceful sanctuary, separated from the bustle of Ubud’s main street by a bridge spanning a small brook. Collections include the following: Wayang Style, wood carvings, Pita Maha, I Gasti Nyoman Lempad, and modern Balinese Art. Read more…

 

The Ubud Craft Market is open from 8am-6pm and is where items are sold that range from traditional to contemporary. Items sold here are relatively inexpensive, transactions occur directly with the merchant, and can generally be bargained. Non potters can shop together in a group or be on their own.

 

 

 


Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Day Trip: Dramatic Landscape: Kintamani Village, Batur Volcano and Spice Gardens
This full day adventure will take us to the Kintamani village, an overlook to the spectacular caldera that contains the cone of the Batur volcano and its explosion lake. The view from here is truly wonderful. Mount Batur has erupted about 24 times since year 1800 and still active up to now. Lake Batur is the biggest lake in Bali and functioning as irrigation source to all farmers around it. We will also visit the natural hot springs that are located here as well. We will have lunch in one of the many restaurants available that will allow us to admire the panoramic views. The day will continue with a visit of a coffee plantation and spice garden. We will get to experience how the famous Bali coffee is processed, roasted and brewed by local farmers. Tastings will be available for coffee, hot chocolate, ginseng coffee, ginger or lemongrass tea. You can even try the Lopi Luwak also known as the Civet Coffee, which is considered one of the finest and most expensive coffees in the world. (not sure if I will be trying it…)

 

 


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Schedule for Wednesday:

 

8am | Breakfast at Hotel (included)

 

8:45am | Meet in the lobby
 

9am-12pm | Kintamani, Batur Volcano, Lake Batur and spice and coffee plantation

 

Lunch |  (included)

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2-5pm | Continue with Kintamani, Batur Volcano, Lake Batur and spice and coffee plantation
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Dinner | On Your Own (not included)

 

 


 

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Lure of Batik: From Traditional to Contemporary

Batik is a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. By applying wax on fabric with intricate drawing patterns, using “canting”; a small copper container with a long slender spout, the areas not slated for coloring are covered with wax. The fabric is then put in a vat of dye. After the fabric is dyed and dried, the wax is removed with hot water, scraped from the portions of the dried material still to be dyed. Next, other areas are waxed over; this is repeated during each phase of the coloring process, up to four or more times, until the overall pattern and effect are achieved. Another more contemporary technique is stamping. From traditional to contemporary, a Batik cloth is made into beautiful fabrics.
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All together the group will have the exquisite opportunity to visit the rich batik heritage of Indonesia as well as it’s translation into modern usage– all inspirational possibilities for translations into glaze techniques or clay surface designs! First we will explore the studio of “Pak Tjok” where artisans painstakingly paint both traditional and more modern motifs with hot wax into a variety of fabrics, using either a brush, or the finer point of a “tjanting” tool. We will also see their block-stamping room full of fine-crafted metal and wooden stamps both old and new. Finally, we will see first-hand how traditional fermentation indigo dying takes place: the color literally transforming before one’s eyes. A showroom with plentiful finished examples of the studio’s creations is there for the admirer and/or the collector (and they do take credit cards).  Next we will tour the small studio of Italian designers who use traditional batik technique for their ultimately modern creations.
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Schedule for Thursday:
8am | Breakfast at Hotel (included)

 

8:45am | Meet in Hotel Lobby

 

9am-12pm | Lure of Batik

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12-2pm | Lunch in Ubud/Pejeng (included)

 

2-5pm  | Potters: Naked Raku: Techniques I
Introduction to naked raku techniques with finished examples and begin to make forms. Both handbuilding and wheel thrown vessels will be suitable. There will be 10 wheels available for use. Participants can make several small pieces or a few larger ones. Note there is limited time to burnish and transportation of finished pots can be an issue. See presenters Foppiani and Massoni for details below.
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2-5pm  | Non Potters: Hands-on Batik Experience
Non-potters will have the chance to go hands-on and experience applying wax with brush, tjanting tool and stamp to fabric samples, dying the cloth, and understanding the wax removal.  They will be able to take away their samples too!
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Dinner | Dinner On Your Own (not included)

 


 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Potters and Non Potters will be separating for the day. The potters will be in the studio learning new ceramic techniques and the non potters will be having a cooking lesson in the morning and spending the afternoon at the spa.

 

Schedule for Friday:
8am | Breakfast at hotel (included)
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8:45am | Meet in Lobby for shuttle to Gaya Arts Center
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9am-12pm | Potters: Naked Raku: Techniques II

Continue with naked raku techniques at the Gaya Ceramic Arts Center. More in depth hands-on demonstrations. Participants will also finish up the forms they were working on. On the day prior, participants will be looking at finished examples and beginning to understand concept and range of the technique, today the participants will see demonstrations of suitable forms as well as the manipulation of surfaces by burnishing from leather-hard to bone dry. See presenters Foppiani and Massoni for details below.

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12-2pm | Lunch at Gaya Ceramic Arts Center (included)

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2-5pm | Continue in Studio
Participants will begin burnishing their pieces. To burnish well, this is a very labor-intensive process. Participants will work following demonstrations of how to do this that was shown the day before.

 

9am-12pm | Non Potters: Cooking School
Discover the secrets of Balinese food with Janet DeNeefe and her team. Explore cooking techniques and the fascinating kitchen myths of this unique culture followed by a lavish Balinese feast and complete recipes. Read more…
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12pm | Lunch is at the cooking school (included)
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2-5pm | Spa
Non potters will have their choice of an afternoon Yoga class at the Ubud Yoga Barn (www.theyogabarn.com) or a spa treatment of a traditional Balinese massage at Body Works Bali (www.bodyworksbali.com).
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Dinner | Dinner On Your Own (not included)

 

 


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Full Day Excursion: Tengangan to Sidemen
Teneganan is perhaps one of the most secluded and conservative villages on the island of Bali. Protected by a strict code of isolationism, this original Bali Aga village has retained its unique culture and customs over the centuries. High walls surround the village, and marriage to outsiders is frowned upon. The famous double-ikat or “Gringsing” woven cloth is made here, in a process which takes anywhere up to four years to complete. Read more…
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Sidemen is located at Karangasem East Bali Regency. Many temples of Hindu Bali, the religion most common of Balinese people, is located in this village. This village is located in the valley surrounded by many hills and most of the area is rice fields. This area is famous for stunning scenery and a simple way of life. Sidemen village has produced masters of Balinese literature and Hindu theology, as well as generations of skillful weavers. Read more…

 

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Schedule for Saturday:
8am | Breakfast at Hotel (included)

 

8:45am | Meet in Hotel Lobby

 

9am | Leave for Tengangan and Sidemen
Stunning terraced rice-field landscape, ikat and songet weavers, and a beautiful cement tile factory will be visited today.

 

12pm | Lunch (included)
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1pm | Continue with Day Trip

 

Dinner | On Your Own or for $25 we can have a sunset dinner at Tanah Lot. We will have private access to the popular temple site and we will be able to liner over the sunset.

 


 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

FREE DAY
Sunday is a time to experience Ubud and Bali on your own.  Be sure to research what you would like to do so you can make arrangements in advance. Here are some helpful websites to help you plan your day.

 

Schedule for Sunday:
8am | Breakfast at lodging (included)

 

Free Time

 

Lunch | Lunch on Your Own

 

Free Time
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Dinner | Dinner on own


 

Monday, August 12, 2013
Wood, Stone, and Clay | A cumulative tour of some of Bali’s best craftspeople: wood carvers, stone sculptors, and Javanese giant pot builders. We will get to experience demonstrations with the artisans.
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Batubulan Village
is one destination on the island of Bali which has a unique artistic charm. It is one of the centers of the arts in the district with its sculptures and carvings are quite famous among domestic and foreign tourists. This village is also known as a venue for a variety of Balinese performing arts, such as a Kecak, Barong Dance and the Legong Dance. Read more…

 

 

Afternoon Relaxing at Sanur Beach | Participants will bring with them their swimsuits for a visit to Sanur Beach. Spend the afternoon combing the beach markets, strolling the coast or even kayaking the reef.
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Schedule for Monday:

8am | Breakfast at Lodging (included)

 

8:45am | Meet in Lobby

 

9am | Depart for Batbulan

 

Lunch | Beach Cafe in Sanur (included)

 

2-5pm | Beachside in Sanur
Spend the afternoon relaxing beachside in Sanur, combing the beach markets, strolling the coast or even kayaking the reef. 

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Dinner | On Your Own

 

 

 


 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Studio time in the morning with an afternoon trip to Jatluwih and Pejaten Village

We will end the day by making our way from mountain to the coast, savoring the sunset at the ubiquitous ocean temple of Tanah Lot. We will enjoy a drink as we watch the sunset.Mountains to sea in one afternoon. Firing local style; tile making and rustic pottery included.

 

Schedule for Tuesday:

8am | Breakfast at lodging (included)

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8:45am | Potters to meet in the lobby for shuttle to Gaya Ceramic Studio for morning class

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9-11:30am | Potters: Building in the Raw and Wood Firing in the Tropics
A special tour of Gaya’s innovative wood kilns.

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9-11:30am |Non Potters: Free Time
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11:30am-2pm | Leave for Jatluwih and lunch (included)
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Jatiluwih has been chosen as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The achingly picturesque area of Jatiluwih actually comprises not only rice fields but also forests, lakes, springs, temples and a huge natural mountain reserve scattered over a wide area around the slopes of Mount Batukaru. Mount Batukaru is a sacred landscape whose boundaries are defined by a cluster of temples supported by traditional villages and farmlands administered by age-old subak organizations (the local water boards.) Read more…

This site is among the most striking examples of terraced agriculture in the world and is arguable Bali’s oldest and most complex real-life model of the subak agricultural system which vividly reflects the intertwined, mutually beneficial relationship between the island’s traditional rice growing culture and its Bali Hindu spiritual belief system

 

 

 

2:30-5pm | Pejaten
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Pejaten Village, a village of tile making and rustic potteries.Known for lowfire with woodfire kilns. Read more…

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Dinner | On Your Own

 

 


 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Holy Day: Tampak Temple and Besaki
Tirta Empul Temple or Tampak Siring Temple is a holy spring water temple located in Tampak Siring Village, Gianyar. It is set in the dale and is encircled by the hill. The name of Tirta Empul is located in an inscription which is kept at Sakenan Temple, Manukaya village, a sub district of Tampak Siring, about 3 km from Tirta Empul Temple. According to the history, this water source is sanctified by King Indrajayasinghawarmadewa in the year 882 Saka (960 M). Tirta Ri Air Hampul means the water merge or the holy pool (Petirthan) which is the water emerge from the land. The wellspring emerges from the land is believed that it is the infinite creation. Read more…
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Pura Besakih (Mother Temple) is actually a complex made up of twenty-two temples that sit on parallel ridges. It has stepped terraces and flights of stairs which ascend to a number of courtyards and brick gateways that in turn lead up to the main spire or Meru structure, that is called Pura Pentaran Agung. All this is aligned along a single axis and designed to lead the spiritual person upward and closer to the mountain which is considered sacred.
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The main sanctuary of the complex is the Pura Penataran Agung, and is the symbolic center of the main sanctuary. This is where the lotus throne or padmasana (the ritual focus) is located, and it dates to around the seventeenth century. A series of eruptions of Mount Agung in 1963, which killed approximately 1,700 people also threatened Pura Besakih. the lava flows missed the temple complex by mere meters. The saving of the temple is regarded by the Balinese people as miraculous, and a sign from the gods that they wished to demonstrate their power but not destroy the monument the Balinese faithful had erected. Read more…

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Schedule for Wednesday:

8am | Breakfast at Lodging (included)

 

8:45am | Meet in Lobby

 

9am-12pm | Leave for Tampak Siring
A temple blessing in the cool waters of a sacred geyser.

 

12-2pm | Lunch en route (included)

 

2-5pm | Besaki
Paying homage to the gods.

 

Dinner | On Your Own

 

 



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Potters In the Studio and Non Potters Glass Blowing

 

Schedule for Thursday:

 

8am | Breakfast at lodging (included)

 

8:45am | Potters to meet in the lobby for a shuttle to Gaya Ceramic Studio for morning class

 

9am-12pm | Potters: Naked Raku: Glazing and Firing
See presenters Foppiani and Massoni for details below.

 

12-2pm| Potters: Lunch at Gaya CAC

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2-5pm | Potters: Naked Raku: Glazing and Firing
Cleaning and waxing finished work

 

Dinner | On Your Own
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9-12pm | Non Potters Horizon Glassworks
Californian hot glass artist, Ron Seivertson, through his venture, Horizon Glassworks, designs and produces a wide variety of vases, rondels, bowls, light fixtures, paperweights, sinks, abstract forms and more. The high quality handblown and sculptured glass in-the-making can be witnessed at the adjacent workshop where the artist and his team are busy at work.
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12-2pm | Lunch Included
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2-5pm | Optional Hands on Glass Blowing or Free Time
Non Potters interested in glass blowing can pay an additional $75 to spend the afternoon in this hands on experience.
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Dinner
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Breathtaking Inspiration: John Hardy Jewelry and Fivelements
We will spend the morning visiting the world famous jewelry showroom and factory of John Hardy.

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We will also visit Fivelements and enjoy an extraordinary raw food fine-dining experience. Fivelements’ Sakti Dining Room™ is dedicated foremost to healing cuisine. Here, we will show you that you don’t have to sacrifice the beauty and pleasure of food in order to enjoy healthy eating. Over half of their selections are living raw food dishes, which are rich in nutrients and sakti healing power. The remaining dishes on the menu are lighter vegetarian preparations that nourish the body and soul. Read more…

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Schedule for Friday:

 

8am | Breakfast at lodging (included)

 

8:45am | Meet in Lobby
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9am-12pm | John Hardy Showroom and Factory
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12-2pm | Lunch (included) at Fivelements
 

Afternoon | Free Time

 

Dinner | On your Own

 


 

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Conclusion for Potters and for Non Potters a visit to Monkey Forest
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8am | Breakfast at lodging (included)
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8:45am | Potters to meet in Lobby for shuttle to Gaya Ceramic Studio for morning class
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9am-12pm | Potters: Concluding discussion, display of final projects and packing of work.
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9am-12pm | Non Potters: Visit the Monkey Forest. Read more…
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12 – 2pm | Lunch (included) at Gaya Fusion | Italian Style
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Departure

 


 

presenters

Presenters | MICHELA FOPPIANI and MARCELLO MASSONI
Naked Raku: From the Hands of the Maestros
This presentation is a three-part experience, including time to make vessels, burnish and treat surface, and fire!  All finished works can be brought home with participant.
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Studying technique in-depth with Naked Raku specialists, Michela Foppiani and Marcello Massoni, participants will have the opportunity to take theory to practice in this three-part experience. The first session will be a detailed look at a variety of finished examples, dissecting each piece so that participants fully understand precisely how the design and feel were achieved. Pre-prepared samples will also be on hand to further walk through the steps of the process. Suggestions of types of forms will be made, and participants will jump into forming (by hand or wheel) a small handful of pieces with which to experiment themselves.
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The second session will address in more detail the hands-on demonstrations, as well as give more time for participants to finish final trimming of pieces. The afternoon will be dedicated to the painstaking process of burnishing the leather-hard wares.

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The third session (several days later, and after bisque-firing), the group will spend the entire day working with slip resist, glaze, fire and smoke: preparing, firing, combusting, cooling, washing, and final burnish and clean up.

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Slip Resist Raku: This technique was derived from Raku, but without the use of glaze. Basically the clay is polished when it is leather hard, and the clay object is bisque fired. Then follows a layer of slip and the object is fired in a Raku kiln until the desired temperature is reached. When ready, the pieces are removed with tongs, and placed in a smoke bin, and allowed to cool off. Sometimes, the slip comes off quite easily; sometimes it has to be removed using plenty of water. Various shades of white, black and grey can be achieved by varying the composition, apply method, and thickness of this slip.
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Naked Raku: Naked Raku is another variety of Raku, it differs only slightly from the slip resist raku. In this technique, a layer of raku glaze is added on top of the slip. The slip acts like a kind of separation layer between the clay and the glaze, and prevents the glaze from melting to the surface of the clay object. The kiln is fired to a temperature of approximately 750-775 degrees Celsius, until the glaze starts to bubble. This process must be visually watched through a peephole in the kiln. Then all objects are removed from the kiln by tongs and placed in a smoke bin. When the hot clay object is reduced in the smoke bin, the smoke and tar will penetrate into the cracks of the glaze, and go right through the slip layer into the clay, and leave behind irregular crack like patterns on the surface. The layer of slip and glaze will then be peeled off, or has to be removed with water, showing the patterns created on the bare or nude clay, hence the name ‘Naked’. There are various color possibilities by applying a slip layer containing stains or oxides before polishing, or by using colored clay. On those parts where no glaze is applied, the clay turns black. After thoroughly cleaning and drying, a tiny layer of bees wax is polished into the finished clay object. This gives a matte shiny finish, embellishing the surface of the naked clay.
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Additional Information
Michela and Marcello are a couple in life and in work. They met thanks to a shared passion of clay, ceramic and design. They started their ceramic activity in 1990 in Piacenza a small town 50km south Milan. They lived in a little farm studio in their hometown countryside “I Colombarini” where they started making sculpture, unique ceramic pieces (or limited editions) and ceramic workshops.
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Michela’s background is in sculpture. She graduated from Accademia di Brera in Milan. Marcello graduated in Political Science from the Milan’s State University, but he studied ceramic in many international ceramic academies and with many international ceramic masters.
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They created their first ceramic collection in 1999 named “Colorbruno”. Bruno was the name of their dog, a hunting Italian Spinone. They presented this collection in a few international exhibitions like “Maison et Objet” in Paris and “Salone del Mobile” in Milan. In 2002 in the “Salone del Mobile” exhibition, they met Stefano Grandi, an Italian entrepreneur from Reggio Emilia, who invite Marcello and Michela to join the Gaya Fusion team here in Bali.

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In Bali Stefano, in collaboration with his Indonesian partner Nyoman Birit, built the first private contemporary art space in Bali, a restaurant and a few villas. Stefano and Nyoman (as Gaya Fusion) supported the ceramic project at its inception allowing Marcello and Michela to start a dream: to be able to be creative without limits, prolific in creations and commercially competitive in an amazing environment.
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Marcello and Michela decided to move to Bali in 2003 and they started Gaya CAD’s collections and projects in 2004.Marcello is now the company CEO and Miki is the Creative Director. Today Gaya Ceramic has about 60 employees and exports 90% of its creations all over the world and expands its capacity every year. Marcello and Michela still make sculptures and unique pieces, but with the backup of their staff and production facility they can also create about 4,000 medium sized ceramic pieces a month.

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Gaya Ceramic Arts Center is a new project of an old dream. Gaya Ceramic mission is naturally to create ceramic objects but also to preserve and promote craftsmanship, implementing the understanding and the appreciation of the hand-made process. Because of that, Marcello and Michela wanted to provide educational services and artistic support for ceramic culture.
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They always had this idea in mind but they never had sufficient help or resources to implement the project. When they met Hillary in 2010, they first welcomed her in Gaya’s studio and then they shared the dream of creating a tropical ceramic academy along with the establishment of a solid ceramic community. As a result, Gaya Ceramic Arts Center was created.
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Presenter | HILLARY KANE
Responding to Stimuli: Translating a Concept and Bali-Inspired Surfaces
We will be taking ideas gathered in a first glimpse of Bali as well as looking at a few Gaya favorites, in order to create our own Bali-inspired design mood boards and surface treatments.
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Gaya production team will demonstrate several Gaya surfaces including rice hulls, volcanic sand, wax resist shell surface, chiseled-stone texture, and then participants will have a chance to experiment for themselves. This studio activity will begin by looking closely at finished examples of a variety of very unique, very territory-inspired surface treatments in the Ceramic and Design archives. Production specialists will then demonstrate how each of these surfaces were achieved (be it on wet clay, leather hard, or bisque). Finally, potter participants will have an opportunity to go hands-on as well (on ready-made samples), so as to really get a feel for the techniques. Again, this is experiential only—not pieces for finishing.

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Potter participants will then continue working from ideas and concepts that have inspired them in what they have seen of Bali thus far.  Drawing perhaps from photos they have snapped or sketches made, as well as the Bali-inspired surfaces they have just witnessed, each participant will begin to create the mock-up of a mood-board in the manner CAD has demonstrated the day before. We will also dive into the experimental “brainstorming” of a prototype in actual clay. This will not be to create a finished product, rather to just get the creative juices flowing, and to initiate the idea of translating all the experiences at hand into future possibilities in clay.

 

Additional Information
I see my artwork as a journey in which the process, the very visceral act of creating is as significant as the final outcome. It is labyrinthine in its development and I am often surprised by the intuitive level of its revelation. I am entranced by the visual traces of this journey and the slow development of a patina of color and texture, the subtle variation of simple forms, and the impact of timing, of time. To me, these layerings offer clues to the many visual references, the many voices, the many possibilities of interpretation. – Hillary Kane

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For artist and teacher, Hillary Kane, travel and work have led her to claim residence in several continents and innumerable countries. Inevitably, the artistic culture of each has indelibly impacted her own work and continues to be an endless source of inspiration. Educated in the United States and France, she now resides in Bali, Indonesia. She focuses her creativity in both clay and paint, enjoying the dynamic of two very different mediums and their possible confluence.  Wood-fire ceramics in particular, has led her recently to an international symposium in La Borne, France, a residency in Aomori, Japan, and a conference in Tasmania, Australia, as well as to build several wood-fired kilns in Bali. After a year as artist-in-residence at Gaya Ceramic and Design in 2009, working closely with owners Marcello Massoni and Michela Foppiani, she has been directing the growth of Gaya Ceramic Arts Center: programming, teaching, and continuing with the creative process.  Most recently, she and her Balinese husband have welcomed the arrival of their twin baby girls.

 

 


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For more information about Hillary, visit: www.hkane.com

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Presenter | GYAN DANIEL WALL
Building in the Raw and Wood Firing in the Tropics: A Special Tour of Gaya’s Innovative Wood Kilns
Built with raw hand-made brick using a self-supporting arch system that replaced the need for an inner frame work to construct upon, these kilns are not only high-performance tools, but sculptures unto themselves. Participants will enjoy a photo presentation of the exceptional blue prints and construction of each, and an in-depth discussion with kiln builder and master-of-fire, Gyan Daniel Wall, with regards to “Building in the Raw” and the fascinating variables of firing on a volcanic island, as well as the Middle-Eastern inspiration for these kiln designs and building methods.
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Additional Information:
Gyan has been immersed in the process of woodfired ceramics for the past sixteen years. For him this process is a form of alchemy, a co-creation with the natural elements. Gyan treats it as an “intuitive science”, engaging in this co-creative process with an attitude of playfulness, acute observation, deep contemplation and an air non-attachment. There is seemingly infinite variability, so to him having a purely empirical approach doesn’t make sense. Rather he works with a sense of intuitive feeling that has come with the years of being immersed in playful exploration of the process, always keeping an open mind to allow the mystery and magic of it unfold.
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Gyan delights in making simple and beautiful domestic ware that feels good to use. His sculptural forms are of deep spiritual significance and speak of universal creation. He is inspired by nature and the world’s ancient cultures and traditions. Engagement in the process of wood-fired ceramics has been one of his biggest life teachers. At every stage, from digging clay to sipping from a cup of warm tea, Gyan feels a deep sense of joy and fulfilment through the dance of thought, action, observation and contemplation.
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host facility

 

GAYA CERAMIC ARTS CENTER

Jalan Raya Sayan No: 15
Desa Sayan, Ubud
Gianyar
Bali, Indonesia 80571
Tel: +62 [0] 361 7966 769
Fax: +62 [0] 361 976220
Email: info@gayaceramic.com
Website: www.gayaceramic.com

 

It is our hope to make our work speak for itself, without the complex struggle to find literary equivalents for creative impulses we manifest as interior design complements that are a complex whole of the visual and tactile. Through study and constant experimentation, we search for the ideal expressions to translate the stimuli around us, large and small, into objects that uncover the shapes, colors and moods from within the world. We try to do this honestly and without discrimination.

 

Our every-day is a fusion of sure and unsure circumstances, an infinite world of technical precision and mistakes, hard work and delusions, simplicity and happiness. For us, nothing is more lovely. From unique raku plates to high-concept stoneware sculptures, we design and produce handmade ceramic objects that are a fusion of the highest quality of sourcing and production control with constant aesthetic research.

 

Gaya produces its own ceramic collection as well as individualized product lines for some of the most demanding international customers: Armani Casa, Bulgari Hotels and Resorts, Zara Home, and many others. We are also product designers, experts in finding creative, tailored solutions for all interior decoration needs (not only ceramic), from aesthetic consultancy through graphic communication and documentation, production quality control and installation—integrating art with life.

 

 
To read more about Gaya, visit: http://issuu.com/gayacceramic/docs/company_profile_gaya_ceramic_?mode=window&pageNumber=1
 


 

additional travel information

 

Packing:
Required: Please bring only one medium to large suitcase and one smaller backpack. The smaller backpack can be used on day trips as necessary. So if possible a medium size suitcase and backpack would be best. Recommend packing comfortable walking shoes, sun hat and small portable umbrellas to be ready for all weather. Recommend that Potters bring their sketch pad to record inspiration and for discussion in class. Note: The Sri Ratih accommodations have laundry service.

 

There are no requirements for attire in the studio, safety precautions are entirely the responsibility of the participants. We do recommend closed-toe shoes for the raku demos.

Proper attire for temple visits is usually shoulders covered, sarong (ankle-length cloth), and selendan (sash around the waist) — these two items can be rented at the temple gates.

 

Walking: IMPORTANT
This trip will include a significant amount of walking, and is not recommended for those who have difficulty walking for long distances or at a swift pace. Include stairs and steep inclines.

 

Visa On Arrival
A standard Visa On Arrival is required and costs $25, and passports should be valid for at least 6 months more than the trip time. For the list of countries who are eligible for the Visa On Arrival or for those countries who do not need a visa please click here.
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No shots are essential for travel, though attendees can individually consult a travel doctor.

 

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Climate
At the time of our visit, the climate is around 85-90 degrees. It will be the dry season. Be advised to bring sun hats and sunscreen and umbrella to use for shade.
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Water
Tap water is NOT potable, bottled water should be used for drinking.

 

Travel Insurance
Potters Council does not provide travel insurance.
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Airport:
Denpasar (DPS) Airport

website: www.baliairport.com

Gaya will also provide an immigration escort service to help expedite procedure and bypass sometimes long lines for an additional cost of $25. When registering we will ask if you would like to pay for this service in advance.

Many flights arrive in the late night/early morning (ex. 1:30am) depending on where you are flying from. If you are arriving at this time, please provide us with Date and Time of arrival. This will require an additional night stay at an additional charge. The onsite host will help in securing you a room for additional night. (cost for additional night TBD)

 

Ground Transportation from Airport:
Go here for information about bus ground transportation from the Denpasar Airport.

Gaya Arts Center will be providing transportation from the Airport to the Sri Ratih Cottages for an additional $25. When registering we will ask if you would like to pay for this service in advance.

 

 

 

 


 

registration

 

You are invited to register by telephone only.

 

  • To register by telephone, call toll free at 866-721-3324 or direct dial 614-794-5872.
    • Note: These numbers can ONLY be used for registering for this event. We have set up dedicated phone numbers to provide you with better service when registering for Ceramics in Bali.
  • Waiver of Liability, Indemnity Agreement and Certification and Release for Emergency Medical Treatment

     

  • Hours are from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm eastern. Monday – Friday. If you’re calling after hours, please leave detailed message and we will return your call the next business day.

     

  • Pick one of the below Payment options and register today by calling.

 

TWO SPOTS FOR POTTERS NOW OPEN

 

 

Options to Pay:

Extended Savings of $555
May 31, 2013
After
June 1, 2013
 
Paid-in-Full | Double Room

 

 $3,450.00 $4,005.00
Paid-in-Full | Single Room

 

 $4,005.00 $4,705.00
 
Payment Plan | Double Room
See below for payment schedule
 No longer available N/A
Payment Plan | Single Room
See below for payment schedule
 No longer available N/A

 


 

payment plan options schedule (no longer available)

 

The payment plan option consists of 2 payments of which one is scheduled.

  • When registering a minimum of $500 is required.
  • Your card will then be charged the balance of the trip on March 25, 2013.

 


 

cancellation policy

 

Full Refund less $500 if canceled on or before March 22, 2013; full refund less 50% of payment if canceled between March 25 and May 24, 2013; No refunds after May 24, 2013.

 


 

included in registration

 

  • Lodging:13 nights.
  • Ground Transportation: Includes mini-vans for day-to-day movement and excursions.
  • Workshop Facilities: Gaya Arts Center will provide a large, well-organized studio, clay, use of equipment, tools and kilns. Three instructors (Potters Only)
  • Meals: A total of 12 lunches, 1 dinner, and all breakfasts are included.
  • Excursions: Javanese Throwers, Pejaten tile-making village and rustic pottery; Traditional market Tour; Pura Dalem, Temple of Siva, Kintamani, Volcano view, hot springs, coffee and spice gardens; Jatih Luwih, Pura Batukaru, Pura Besaki; Tenganan and Sidemen, Tampak Siring, Nyuh Kuning-Batabulan Bypass; Lure of Batik: From Traditional to Contemporary; Sanur Beach, John Hardy Jewelry; and Fivelements.
  • Side Activities for Non-Potters: During the ceramic workshop the following will be provided for non-potter attendees: Casa Luna Cooking school; Pejeng Batik workshop; Horizon Glass-Blowing studio visit; Ubud Lukisan-Neka-Blanco Museums; Ubud Craft Market; Ubud Monkey Forest; and Ubud Yoga Barn or Spa Visit.(Non-Potters Only)

 


NOT included in registration

 

  • Airfare: Plan to arrive in Bali on Sunday, August 4 and depart Saturday, August 17.
  • Transportation: From the Airport to Sri Ratih Cottage; Attendees can purchase transportation in advance for $25 at time of registration.
  • Meals: Provide 11 dinner meals on your own. Gaya will provide a list of our favorites, as well as area restaurant guide. Restaurants range from street cart vendors to sumptuous elegance rivaling any five start experience in the rest of the world. (Low end meals around $3 to high end around $20.) Estimate $150 to $220 for food. Note this is an estimate and it is dependent on you.

 


 

limited spots available

 

Open to Artists from Around-the-World

 

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to limited spaces available you’ll need to register via the phone. Note below are the number of spaces available.
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Note if you register for Non-Potter spot, you’ll follow the non-potter schedule, if you register for Potter, you’ll follow the Potter Schedule. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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  • Maximum of 26 Registered Attendees
    • Maximum Potters: 20
    • Maximum Non-Potters:6
    • Maximum Single Rooms: 4
  • Update of availability:
    • Remaining Potters Spots: 2
    • Remaining Non-Potters Spots: 0
    • Remaining Single Rooms: 0

Note: If you’re not registered for a single room, you’ll be sharing a room with another attendee. No exceptions. We encourage you to travel with spouse or friend.