5-day workshop paper porcelain by tinne debruijne

‘Undisturbed learning & experimenting in a unique place’

You will stay atLes Mirandesa beautiful manoir that offers high standard accommodation in an exceptional setting. With a pool on site, an orchard with a petanque court and a lovely garden that surrounds the property, there are plenty of possibilities to relax after or in between classes. Thanks to a mix of focused working, personal tutoring, time to relax and fine food, prepared with local and seasonal ingredients by Olivier, you will enjoy this week in the south west of France to its fullest.


Week 1/ From Sunday May 17th until Saturday May 23rd 2020

Week 2/ From Sunday May 24th until Saturday May 30th 2020

Week 3/ From Sunday September 27th until Saturday October 3rd 2020

Week 4/ From Sunday October 4th until Saturday October 10th 2020


€1300 per person:

(5 days workshop, lunches, dinners* & accommodation included).

*No diner at “Les Mirandes” on Wednesday evening (a free evening allowing you to discover local restaurants.)

Non-participating partners, family members or friends are more than welcome to join us.
There will be a supplement of €300 (breakfasts, lunches and dinners*) per person.

During this 5-day workshop you will be introduced to:

  • Getting to know the technical qualities of paper porcelain.

  • Making paper porcelain slip for dipping different materials found in nature such as: seeds, branches, flowers etc. ...

  • Integrating different materials to obtain specific textures or structures.

  • Colouring porcelain body by using stains.

  • Creating small objects & sculptures using slip trailing, cutting small thin strips, folding & stacking etc. ...

  • Firing of pieces made on the 2 first days.

  • Materials are provided and there are no extra charges for materials or firings.
    The only additional charge will be shipping the pieces you created this week to an address of your choice.


Notebook or sketchbook.
Apron or old shirt.
An idea or project you’d like to create or inspiration (digital photos, prints, …).
If you have personal ceramic tools you prefer to use feel free to bring.
Swimsuit ;-)
A good appetite!

Dutch and English spoken

  • This course is focused on small sculptural building and surface decoration. You will learn how to prepare and manipulate paper porcelain in different ways, suiting your creativity and ideas. Undisturbed learning & experimenting is our focus!

  • My courses are mainly demonstration-led and customized, as much as is possible, to the needs of individual students. The courses are suitable for both beginners or more confident artists. Guidance and help is given throughout. Learning from each others experiences is also very important. Groups are limited to 6 which makes one to one tuition possible. Classes (Monday to Friday) start at 10 am and finishes around 5 pm, during which we enjoy a nice lunch.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Breakfast, lunches and dinners included in the course price with the exception on Wednesday evening*.
Breakfast comprised of local specialities
such as baguettes, croissants, home-made jams and a selection of charcuterie & cheeses, which makes for a very varied spread. Even during a longer stay, you will not have to eat the same thing twice.
We will enjoy healthy lunches & home-made dinners with seasonal & local ingredients prepared by Olivier,
alternated with a local pizza and a French restaurant.

Accomodation at Les Mirandes

You can choose to stay in a room or a cottage/gîte.

4 rooms

"Les Mirandes" boasts 4 charming rooms, in the unique style of the majestic manoir. Each room is equipped with all modern facilities and comprises a private bathroom, toilet, small fridge, coffee and tea maker.

Each room has been given a unique name, referring to local products that can - with a touch of imagination - also be linked to 19th century personalities who stayed at Les Mirandes.

2 cottages

"Les Mirandes" offers beautiful 2 cottages/gîtes (Le verger and La Vigne).

Each cottage disposes of a fully equipped kitchen - with dishwasher, fridge, microwave oven - a television and a washer.

The pool is at your disposal, as well as the petanque-course and the covered lounge area with small library.
Free internet.

About Montmoreau and surroundings

Montmoreau is a charming French village in the southern Charente, right at the border with the Dordogne and not far from the Gironde. It is situated in the middle of a triangle formed by Cognac, Bordeaux and Périgeux and therefore makes an excellent haven for wine and food lovers. Our beautiful manoir "Les Mirandes" sits about 500 meter outside Montmoreau, a village that boasts a XIIth century Roman church and an old castle as well as all modern facilities. "Les Mirandes" borders an ancient pilgrims route to Santiago de Compostela and used to be a place where pilgrims could spend the night and use a meal. The big wooden cross on our land - symbolizing ultimate hospitality - is a relic of that period.


Reservation and cancellation

A reservation is confirmed once a down payment of 50% of the full stay rate has been received by wire transfer.
The remaining 50% needs to be paid four weeks before your stay.


Cancellations 8 weeks before arrival or after incur a cost of 50% of the total cost of stay.
Cancellations 4 weeks before arrival or after incur the total cost of stay.

To avoid bad surprises, we encourage you to underwrite a cancellation insurance