In the field of arts, creation can often be a complex process. In the humdrum of busy city life, our schedules are often tedious and can diminish creativity. In my experience, nothing nurtures the soul more than being close to nature which can provide inspiration for creating art. In this light let us explore a beautiful art studio and residency located in the quaint Dharamkot Village in Dharmshala, Himachal Pradesh.
The Dharamkot Studio is an art studio that primarily uses clay and ceramics as a medium of practice. The initiative started in 2019 with only one pottery wheel, a few kgs of clay, and a simple yet ambitious dream. From that day as the studio grew bigger, slowly and steadily the dream has been realized. The studio has self-taught artists from different backgrounds but they are all connected together through art.
The studio is a community art space and ceramic studio learn, practice, share and celebrate art. Art enthusiasts can take art retreats, workshops, and courses in ceramic/pottery mediums. Professional ceramic artists and other medium artists can use the studio space, materials, or accommodation.
The studio space is approximately 3000 square feet in total and can accommodate 32 people at a time. It is open from 9 am-7 pm every day. The studio is divided into two places, which are ten minutes' walk apart. Both places are equipped independently yet function as one unit. They are well connected by road and have a beautiful view of the mountains. The studio uses terracotta clay, pottery wheels, slab rollers, low-mid fire glazes, and gas kilns. Artists make their work in the studio and sell on their own or from the studio. The artists and their products are listed on the studio’s website.
So whether you want to take a creative break and enjoy an art retreat in the lap of nature or are a beginner and want to learn the art of pottery through the studio’s workshops and courses, Dharamkot Studio is the ideal place to be.