Course Provider: Assington Mill
Contact Name: Anne Holden
Telephone: 01787 229955
Course Length: One day (10-4)
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Clay Ovens - How To Build One - One day course
Tutor: Jon Dyvig
This is a very practical, hands-on, one-day course on how to build your own clay oven for baking pizzas, bread, etc. Jon Dyvig will give you the confidence to go and and find the clay and then construct the oven quite quickly using bricks and half-bricks, or whatever you have to hand.
The day starts by digging the clay from our own pit and barrowing it over to a concrete hardstanding. Then Jon will show you how to light the fire in a clay oven that Bob built some years ago, so that it is really hot in time for lunch. Working together as a group, you will construct a base, using old bricks, and gradually build the whole oven, finishing by plastering it thickly with the clay that you have puddled earlier. In between, there are many tips to be had, so don't forget the notebook, or video equipment.
At lunch time, Jon will show you how to form the pizza dough (made two days beforehand) and Bob will cook it on his clay oven round the side of the house, for you to decorate with parma ham, chorizo, peppers, mushrooms, etc.
Jon will tell you how to find suitable clay wherever you live, but you are welcome to dig and take away some from our pit in your car (plastic sheeting needed of course).
What to Bring
Old clothes & wellies (we shall be working outside and with mud)
Stainless steel spade if you have one.
Work gloves for handling bricks etc.
Something to protect the car if you want to take away clay.
Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.
We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.
Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.
Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.
To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.
What's included in the price?
A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.
For more information about accommodation and food please see above.
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