Dharamkot Studio

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Dharamkot Studio
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It's a pottery studio and co-working space for art. 'It's a kind of co-working art studio made with minimum resources. But basically it's a pottery studio/workshop where you can learn and buy non glazed black pottery.'
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22 reviews
Very good

Muskan Jindal
3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Beautiful little pottery studio located in dharamkot and no doubt the most peaceful place to be. Everybody was so welcoming and patient. They were so passionate about making theirs guests happy and I learnt a lot from each one of the teachers there.
Written 5 October 2021
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1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Friends
The Dharamkot studio has a beautiful vibe. The class was very enjoyable where the process of creating and feeling clay is given more importance than coming out with a fancy product. The team is extremely patient and supportive which helps you learn at your own pace making the entire experience memorable.

The location is easy to find and we'll connected. You'll love the view from the studio.

Tip: take some time out and sit there with a cup of chai and just be.
Written 10 May 2021
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1 contribution
Feb 2021
I tried my hands on pottery for the first time. I did the basic 5 day course. I enjoyed it a lot, it was like meditation. Sunil and Vivek are .onderful and patient teachers. I look forward to going back and learning further,
Written 8 April 2021
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4 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
I visited Dharmkot in Jan 2021, and chanced upon Dharamkot Studio, always wanted to try my hands at pottery, and I was so so happy it happened to be with Dharamkot Studio. They have a cute studio, and run you through the process in detail, and there is a 1 day course to a full fledged course. It is a form of medidation and very calming. A must go.
Written 17 January 2021
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Mumbai, India17 contributions
Nov 2020
Spent the nicest 2 days here learning the basics of pottery. First day was both hand work and wheel, next day only wheel. The space is a great mix of warm and rustic, making the perfect setting for something as therapeutic as pottery work.

I was in Dharamkot for 2 months, but came to the studio only towards the end of my stay - regret not coming in earlier. Would recommend visitors to check out the 5 day course. The studio parcels you the stuff you created, in case you leave before being able to collect. Sadaiv and team run a tight ship and I congratulate them for all the good work. Shoutout to Vivek for being such a patient teacher.

Hope the steaming cups of tea keep coming as generously the next time I visit, which I am sure I will. :)
Written 16 December 2020
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2 contributions
Oct 2020 • Business
How i stumbled upon this course was cuz i was looking for the best experiences around me and here i am posting another testimony. I enrolled for the five day course and i ended up extending it simply because the place and the course grows on you.
Pottery like any art is so much about self expression. So it is imperative that the teachers encourage that which is the case here. All the teachers here; Sadaiv, Vivek, Manoj are patient with the process. They are there to clear your doubts and go out of the way to make sure creatively you learn what you set out for. Sadaiv is your go to person for handcraft because he makes it look so easy and effortless. Vivek sir is extremely encouraging. Working with clay is like therapy: it requires concentration, time, patience and all of those things and that means you have to be so fully present and yet you can be lost in the process of creation. A place is also so much about the people. The people here make sure you are comfortable because you end up spending long hours here so they are sweet enough to make tea/coffee and lunch. Also little details like warm water to wash off clay make the experience comfortable to say the least.

If you are a local like me who just shifted base from a city, you have all the more reason to love it because of the chill vibe and people connect. There are great chances that every second person you bump into would be an artist/designer or creatively inclined. Also as a local you have greater liberty of spending time here. One of the most magical moments for me here was working with artistes playing live. A brilliant flautist playing while i worked on clay. I think you would take home a lot more than just the skill which is what makes the place incredibly special as also the fact that it has so much soul.
Written 22 November 2020
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Jasneet Mann
2 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
I tried my hands at pottery for the first time at Dharamkot Studio. Sadaiv was is an excellent teacher. I loved every bit of this new experience. A must to do when in Dharamkot here. Please do visit this awesome , peaceful, beautiful place.
Written 9 November 2020
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Abhijeet Patil
19 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
I was introduced to this place by a fellow traveler who I met at the Hostel I was living at. I did the 5 day crash course on pottery along with 3 other fellow travellers. This place is run by Saidaiv who is supposed to teach pottery.
On day 1, he taught us to make clay wind chimes and was helpful to guide us through the process. We thoroughly enjoyed the process, though it got a bit tiring, it is worth the end result.
On day 2-5, we polished our wind chimes and worked on the pottery wheel.
- Vivek who also works there is a much better teacher on the wheel. Do ask for him if possible as he was there throughout for us and taught much more that Saidaiv.
- We were told that pottery will take time to dry and bake. And only what we made on Day 1 could be taken back unless we had time to wait for the stuff made later to dry. I had 5 days only and did not have extra days post the course to collect the pottery I made.
- Do discuss exactly what you want to take back and ensure that you make it earlier in the course. I made a plate and bowl and after spending enough time in making and polishing it and against a promise that this will be ready before I leave, on the last day I was told that this wasn’t ready. Eventually, I had to leave without it. This was disappointing and was a let down for me. Felt cheated.
- Also, another pot I made apparently broke one night due to the wind as they had kept it to dry on the area outside.
- On the bright side, they serve really good simple home made food. And one gets endless supply of tea and coffee.

Overall, while the course was a tad bit expensive for INR 5000 for 5 days, specially when you are told towards the end of the course that the stuff you made is not yet baked and hence cannot be taken back, it is a good experience to learn something new.
Written 1 November 2020
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Hi Abhijeet thanks for your feedback. Sorry we couldn't give an excellent experience. There are few things we would like to share. 1- In the case when people could not take there things we sent them by courier, we tried to contact you for the same but haven't got any reply from you. Please send your address we will courier your things. 2- We have more than 125 reviews in total (TripAdvisor, google and Facebook) all of them are 5 star, except 2 which are 4 star and it's only 3 star review, even your 3 fellow travellers/friends who came with you for the pottery sessions also gave us 5 star reviews. 3- If by any chance you plan to come to Dharamkot please visit the studio and have a Chai with us :-)
Written 30 November 2020
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New Delhi, India61 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Very place to go also want to go to Dharamshala very adorable place and big restaurant and authentic Tibetan food u will find
Written 19 March 2020
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Gaurav Saraswat
10 contributions
Nov 2019
My experience at Dharamkot Studio was nothing less than a much-needed meditation session which helped me understand myself from a whole different perspective. I went there thinking that my pottery experience will be something usual like any other hobby. But in the end, I realized it was one of the best experiences of my life. I don't remember how fast that 2-3 hours session got over. The trainers at this studio are amazing people who just guide you and let you explore this art of pottery for yourself. They teach you the basics and help you in getting your hands on the potter's wheel. Though initially, I felt it will be very easy to make a pot with the clay but it is not that easy too. It takes lots of patience and practice to create some beautiful pots from that soft clay.

We were provided warm water in a bucket to keep our hands wet during the whole process. The trainers are very polite and full of knowledge about pottery as well as this beautiful place called Dharamkot. Also, not to be missed, this pottery studio has got its charm in the way that it is very rustic and raw in its look. There are beautiful shining black pots and figurines placed in this studio here and there which add on the artistic feel of this place. The trainers offered some hot tea/coffee during the break which was much needed at that time because of cold. It was amazing to have some light-hearted talks with them while sipping my cup of tea.

As I mentioned above, patience and practice are the keys to learn to make some good pottery. One cannot learn that in a day. This pottery session helped me in realizing my artistic sense. I would recommend going to this lovely pottery studio whenever you go to Dharamkot/Dharamshala. I assure you that you'll find a hidden personality trait of yours while playing with that soft brown clay. I found my own Earth element while trying to focus on that rotating potter's wheel there. I will never miss going there whenever I'll visit Dharamkot again.
Written 18 December 2019
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