Soufflenheim

The Pottery Village of Soufflenheim

We returned to Europe and almost immediately set about procuring raw materials for our own studio. However, we were also looking for inspiration, ideas and even tools and/or equipment. Yannick’s opa tipped us off to a historical pottery village in nearby Alsace. Oblivious of what to expect we arrived in Soufflenheim to discover quite literally … Read more

Adam's Peak Shadow

Climbing Adam’s Peak

From Hatton we intended to take the government bus to Delhouse. While we waited for the bus a Tuk Tuk driver engaged us in a 30-minute dialogue that eventually ended with us succumbing to his wish of taking us there: but we made a good deal with the man. And as it turned out he … Read more

Tea Plantation Locomotive

From Tangalle we took a bus to Ella. We could have continued from Tangalle straight on to Kandy where we’d heard of local pottery but we wanted to journey across Sri Lanka’s hill country on the quaint locomotive we’d heard so much about. On the bus drive up to Ella we spotted a tree standing … Read more

Hello Sri Lanka

The simple truth is that we needed to extend our Indian visas and so we went to Sri Lanka. We spent 3 nights in Gampaha District with a couchsurfer. Our energetic host insisted we see Colombo, helped us map out a generic travel plan based largely on famous Sri Lankan sights and most importantly provided … Read more

Pondicherry

A Little Taste of Tamil Nadu

From the lush green scenery of Kerala we rode into the drier but equally populated by coconut palms landscape of Tamil Nadu. We were traveling with Jayan, our pottery teacher from Terra Crafts. True to Indian style he had a whirlwind agenda of places to see from Chennai through to our final destination, Auroville. Auto … Read more

Temple Procession

Living on the Pottery Island of Eroor

We spent one month in Eroor, working at a small-scale production pottery and living in the basement room of the company’s owner. Eroor is an inland island in the east of Ernakulam district. It has become a small pottery village and the revival of terra-cotta clay work can be accredited to our teacher Jayan who … Read more

Fort Kochi and its Biennale

Most people we met in Kerala told us to visit Fort Kochi and the Biennale so when we finished at Mitraniketan it seemed only natural to head that way. Besides Anil, the potter, had also given us a greater purpose: the name of a famous potter we needed to find who lives in the Ernakulam … Read more

Mitraniketan: A Self-Sufficient Project

We met Pushkaran, a retired engineer, after ending our vow of silence at the end of a vipassana course. During conversation, we told him about our pottery journey and in turn he invited us to a project, which has a pottery unit that he was sure we were going to benefit from. The project is … Read more