Caron has run Sunflower Studio since emigrating to Spain in 2008, the quiet, traditional village of Les Encebras forms a superb backdrop to the studio which has three distinct areas where you will be inspired to create artwork in stone or ceramics.
Specialized courses are offered at Sunflower Studio throughout the year in stone carving, ceramics, raku and smoke firings. Hands on experience and personal development will be the focus of these workshops with lots of practical demonstrations and support from Caron, the small groups of art enthusiasts from around the world receive tuition in a friendly and supportive environment. These workshops are suitable for both professional and novice artists, sculptors and potters.
The central studio is the starting point for the ceramics workshops although it is usual for people to wander between the three areas and the surrounding terraces to collect natural materials, inspirations or simply to chat. The spacious studio is well equipped with art materials, tools, Wi-Fi and a diverse book collection.
The southerly view from the shaded, carving area is the Sierra de la Taja; this wooded National Park greatly influenced the location of the studio as it is rich in stone, marble, natural oxides and of course the stunning views. The next mountain range, the Sierra del Reclot stand at 900mtrs and runs alongside the area of Monte Coto which is rich in traditional agriculture, salt deposits and high quality marble which have been the source of the regions, financial wealth.
The studio houses four kilns for bisc, earthenware, smoke and raku firings: many of the raw materials for the glazes and pit firings are collected from the surrounding mountains. To the North of the studio runs the GR7 mountain bike route, this is not for the faint hearted as it is classed as a high/expert route. Luckily, also from Les Encebras you can cycle on the less difficult routes or walk sedately through the surrounding terraces and traditional villages.