Photos from top to bottom: Lynda making a potrait head from photos. Gerda, Suzanne and Janie making sculptures,vases and decorated plates

Atelier La Tour des Bidoux is an established Art Studio where you can learn all the techniques of handbuilding with clay. Whether you are a beginner or advanced,  you will be guided by Jessie Mooy BA. FA. HOD. Jessie has been working as an artist and teacher for more than 35 years.  Her creations  have been collected internationally  and 15 of her works form part of the permanent collections of various Art Museums in South Africa. If you are interested in courses please click on the contact link at the bottom of this page.

The following 3 courses are available: 

Note: These are handbuiding courses where you learn to model or sculpt a variety of objects with clay according to your own personal level. These are then decorated, bisque and glaze  fired in an electric kiln. No experience in sculpting clay is necessary. You will be taught all the basic handbuilding techniques. We speak English, Dutch and French.

1.Weekly ceramics half day lessons.

Either on a Thursday or Tuesday morning from 9.30 to 12,30. These are ongong classes. You can book four classes for a month. If you like these classes you can carry on the next month. These classes are E 100 per month for 4 classes,  payable in advance. You will be taught all handbuilding techniques in ceramic art. You will learn decorative techniques as well as glazing techniques. You will make a range of objects: bowls, platters, tiles, lanterns, sculptures, portraits according to your level.. Anything you would like to make. No experience needed.

2. Workshops.

Every month there are half day workshops which have to be booked two weeks in advance to secure your place. You will be creating ceramics according to your own level. Beginners will start with tiles,decorative plates,vases etc. Advanced students will develop their own ideas with sculptural works. Jessie will guide you every step of the way.

Workshops 2018.

Workshops are on Saturday afternoons from 1.30 till 5.oopm. Please book in advance. Only 4 places available for each workshop. Email Jessie to:

March 31. Handbuilding of a Birdfeeder or Big, decorated bowl. You will be using different  handbuilding techniques, decorate and paint with underglazes. These will be fired 2X by Jessie, a bique and a glaze firing. 2 Spaces left. 35 Euros for the afternoon, all your materials that you need are included as well as tea/coffee biscuits

April 14

May 19

June 16

July 14                                                   workshops after these dates will be added later


3. For people who want a holiday in the Dordogne combined with a ceramics workshop.

You can let me know on which days you want to come.  Children older than 5 are also welcome.

This workshop is for beginners or more advanced students. As a beginner you will be making several works and you will use different techniques in handbuilding and modelling. You can make bowls, tiles, platters,sculptures. A combination of these or a bigger project that you have in mind and decorate these. All tools, underglaze colours, glazed etc included

The more advanced will be making sculptures or their own projects. You will be given help and advice by Jessie every step of the way.


1.For weekly half day sessions for one month . 25 Euros per session which is 100 Euro per month for 4 sessions of 3 hours. This includes all materials, tools, underglaze colours, glazes, oxides, brushes etc and firings. Tea /coffee cake break included. Clay is not included in this price. Clay costs 6 euros for 5 to 6 kilos and is usually enough for one month depending on the size of your work.

2.Half day workshops cost 35 Euros all inclusive, with tea/coffee cake

3. To work and stay stay at Atelier La Tour des Bidoux costs 100 Euros per day. This includes bed, breakfast, lunch, tuition and all that is needed to make your ceramics including firings. If you need to have an evening meal, this can be arranged. If you want to come a couple of days as a family you are welcome.

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Saskia Hofman at work on her ceramic sculpture at Les Bidoux.

Saskia Hofman at work on her ceramic sculpture at Les Bidoux.



Marianne and Nadia in May 2014

Marianne and Nadia from the Netherlands


Sphia (5) and Mikey (7) learning to make a pinch pot 2017


Above Max Gardner (13) sculpting a mask of a lion.


Sophia 5 years old. busy making and decoraating a plate from a slab. \march 2017

Elisabeth making a teapot from slabs and coils

Elisabeth from Denmark. making a teapot from slabs and coils with Mette in the background making a coil pot.

Atelier La Tour des Bidoux. France

Sophie from the UK sculpting an owl candle holder and Below her brother Adam Gardner busy with his decorative plate modelled en relief

Adam Gardner 2016















To see more student work clck here:

Mask  mask by Jessie

Sarah Montagu

Sarah with her work after the weekly  course that she followed for 1 month.


students July 2016

Hev, Louise and Joe at their day workshop in 2016



Christine Edwards

Christine with her first work Nov. 2014

Atelier La Tour des Bidoux side view
Atelier La Tour des Bidoux side view
Christine in 2017.

After 3 years Christine is making sculptures in 2017

Atelier La Tour des Bidoux              

la Tour des Bidoux in the distance

Les Bidoux,
24600 Riberac,

Tel: +33(0)553909138

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Or contact Jessie Mooy incl. email,  travel directions how to get to Atelier Les Bidoux.


Part of atelier
Part of atelier

Look at more student work on Facebook. Most are beginners. Click on photos and then the student work album.