An all ages experience to explore wellbeing and mindfulness of the senses through creativity and the earthiness of clay. You will make objects using hand building techniques that you can take home and cherish.
Making with clay has many health benefits arising from the literal physical and physiological connection with Nature, including the activation of your senses, particularly the engagement of your tactile sense, promoting a deep meditative state. Blood pressure is reduced, allowing your breathing to regulate itself. Cortisol levels decrease significantly, reducing stress and increasing muscle relaxation. Just 45 minutes of working with clay can significantly reduce cortisol levels.
A low-impact exercise for the hands, clay making for arthritis sufferers can also contribute to less inflammation in the joints.
Making pottery with others and engaging socially can increase the level of dopamine in your bloodstream, causing you to feel happier.
Session 1.Play with Clay: Pinch pots (Saturday, 10am-12pm)
This workshop will introduce you to the pinch method of construction using clay. You will be guided on how to apply surface decoration techniques: applying texture and various decoration methods to your pieces.
Session 2.Play with Clay: Slab platter (Saturday, 1pm-3pm)
This workshop will introduce you to the slab method of making with clay. You will be guided on how to roll a slab and how to apply texture and various decoration methods
All pieces will be kiln fired and you will be emailed when the pieces are ready to be collected, approximately two weeks after the workshop. Suitable for beginners and participants who are familiar with hand building techniques. Children aged under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
All required materials are supplied including clay and shaping tools. In the two-hour workshop you can expect to make between 1 and 2 pieces.
The workshops will be run by Artist Sara Boni and Occupational Therapist Karen Darling.