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Gallery Opening Hours

Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 am – 5 pm. Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.

The gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday.

If the times listed below are not convenient for you, we are happy to open the gallery at an arranged time. Please call Kim directly on her WhatsApp no +27 83 377 7499 to make an appointment.

Children’s Art Classes

Un-Drawing Workshop March 2024

With Maia Lehr-Sacks
7th March – 4th April 2024
Thursday Evenings: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Kim Sacks Gallery and School of Ceramics

Undrawing (2) is the second run in this series. This course will incorporate both bookbinding and mark-making. The book provides us with a container to put things in. The mark gives us a means to say things.

We will begin the course by binding our own drawing book. This book will carry us through the following four weeks of classes and drawing exercises. We will explore unconventional drawing methods that encourage technical development and explore how mark and word can combine to create visual narratives.

Mark-making is a term that refers to the act of drawing or writing but encompasses much more than that. It is something that involves pressing down with a thing to make an impression with pigment upon a substrate. It is a process that creates friction between things to produce a visible outcome; a pencil being pulled across a piece of paper leaves a mark that shows where it has been even after it has moved on. The hand that makes a mark thus becomes a conduit between the external physical world and the internal world of the maker of the mark.

Drawing is a process that tries to link what the eye sees with what the hand records. Anyone can draw. To learn to draw involves developing a bond between the two so that they work together. Things become difficult, however, when the brain becomes critical of the difference between what the eye is looking at and what the hand is drawing. In these moments, we switch over to a mode of making that is more informed by what we think we see (and how we think we should see) than what is actually there. Un-drawing thus proposes a series of exercises, contemplations, and prompts to try and revert how we have learned to use a pencil (to draw and write and scribble) in the hopes that we might discover what language our hand and mind would truly like to work in.

“Here is a place to come and draw badly, play aimlessly, and escape to somewhere else for two and half hours. For those that never thought they could draw and for those that thought they were actually quite good and wished they did it more.”

Clay Handbuilding Workshop March 2024

Over two days, Lesley-Ann will demonstrate the hand-building technique she uses to build her large pots. Attendees will participate in learning the pinching and burnishing technique (Firing is available at an additional cost).

On Saturday, each participant will bring something to contribute to a communal lunch and we will have a meal together.

Photo-Lithography on Clay Workshop

Photo-lithography on clay is the process of printing black and white images onto clay.
In this workshop, you’ll be provided with 4 tiles to practice this printing technique on. As soon as you book we’ll send the necessary info with regards to the images you need to bring.

Where: Kim Sacks Gallery and Ceramics Craft Art School
When: Friday 23 February 2024
Time: 16:00 – 19:00
Cost: R950

To book, contact Eylene Clifford at eyleneclifford@gmail.com or 083 268 2926. Limited spaces are available, please book timeously.

Registration for 2024 Classes

Registration for classes starting in March and April of 2024 is now open.

There are currently very few places left, for classes starting March 2024. You are welcome to call Kim on WhatsApp to talk to her about availability There are always one or two spots available. Things are ever so slightly fluid.

Weekday Three-Hour Classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 am till 1 pm.

Wednesdays from 4 pm till 7 pm.

Weekend Three-Hour Classes

Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:30 am – Registration for the Saturday classes now
happening for April 2024. You are welcome to pop in and visit. Please make an
appointment via WhatsApp at +27 833777499.

Saturday afternoon from 2 pm till 5 pm.

The 8-week Course

A course that we offer on Saturdays is for absolute beginners.  It will take you through the first steps of working with clay and embarking on a journey that if done consciously, and beautifully, could give you a creative outlet in your life, with clay,  for quite a time to come.

The course is comprised of 8, 3-hour classes on a Saturday.

You will learn how to hand-construct, decorate, glaze, and make several finished products.

The next two courses we are offering will start in March and April 2024 and they will run for 8 weeks.

Limited spaces are available. Contact Kim on WhatsApp at +27 833777499 for more information.

Classes for 2024

We run 5 regular ceramic classes a week. Depending on the class, they cater for beginners and advanced students.

Weekday Classes

Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am – 1 pm
Wednesday from 4 pm – 7 pm

Weekend Classes

Saturday morning from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday afternoon from 2 pm – 5 pm

We also have a casual class on the last Friday of each month. This is a gentle clay experience. We need to have an adequate amount of bookings to make the class viable. You are welcome to book a spot. This class costs R900 for 3 hours and does not include the firing of the pieces you make. That cost would be extra.

Most classes are ongoing but on Saturdays, every 8 weeks we have a limited amount of places for students who want to try their hand and not commit for longer. I strongly suggest that 8 classes are a minimum for someone to see if they can get involved in working with clay. A once-off ‘experience’ is exactly that, just getting the feeling. It does not allow for more involvement. A more insightful experience would be the 8-week course. From here one could decide to take it further and join an ongoing series of classes.

An Eight-Week Clay Experience

Working with our hands has many fabulous advantages and is a very profound thing.
Clay heals.
It is a Balm.
It is Magical and takes us to far-away places inside ourselves. Come and explore.

We are currently taking bookings for the 8-week clay experience will start in April 2024.

The classes will each be 3 hours in duration and are essentially for beginners. It is also for people who have worked with clay previously and wish to get themselves back into working in this medium.

Limited spaces are available, so contact Kim on WhatsApp at +27 833777499 to book your slot.

A Once-Off Clay Experience

February- April 2024

We will be offering once-off Saturday sessions for people who want a clay experience. This is an introduction to clay. It will not be orientated to necessarily making something specific, as opposed to “getting one’s hands and spirit into the feel of clay and emersion into one’s creative inner space “.

This experience is aimed at giving one a sense of what clay’s possibilities are.

There are limited spaces in all these classes generally.

WhatsApp Kim for more information at +27 83 377 7499.


We will be hosting regular workshops covering a wide range of topics. If you would like to be added to our workshop WhatsApp group to receive notifications about upcoming workshops please send Kim a WhatsApp message to +27 83 377 7499.

Cobalt & Indigo

Cobalt and Indigo

Our latest exhibition, Woven, is now open.

View the Exhibition

School of Ceramics

Working with our hands has many fabulous advantages and is a very profound thing. Clay heals. It is a Balm. It is Magical and takes us to far-away places inside ourselves. Come and explore. You are welcome to visit and see what we do.

Part-Time Ceramic Classes February – November 2024

We started classes at our new premises in Parkwood in February 2022 and are enthralled by the magical creative environment that we’ve created and people’s response to it. One year on, we are fully immersed in the space and all the possibilities it offers people from all walks of life, on many different levels.

Holding space, Giving space, Holding clay, and Talking to Ourselves

There will be ongoing classes as well as occasional 8-week courses on a regular basis:

Tuesday Morning: 10 am – 1 pm
Wednesday Evening: 4 pm – 7 pm
Thursday Morning: 10 am – 1 pm
9.30 am – 12.30 pm
2 pm – 5 pm

The Feel of Clay – A Morning of Clay

We will be having an irregular Friday morning session for people who want a once-off clay experience.  An introduction to clay. It will not be orientated to necessarily making something specific, as opposed to “getting one’s hands and spirit into the feel of clay and emersion into one’s creative inner space ”.

This experience is aimed at giving one a sense of what clay’s possibilities are. 

There are limited spaces in all these classes generally.

The chance of calling in the morning to book a space for that day is not really a realistic possibility.

If you are visiting Johannesburg for a few days and would like to join a class, contact Kim timeously, before you are planning to arrive in the country and she can check if there is space available.

We welcome visits from the public by appointment. It is not advisable to just arrive, often lectures, discussions, or demonstrations are taking place, which is not always conducive to people popping in.

WhatsApp (+27 83 377 7499) or email Kim (kim@kimsacks.com) for more info or to make an appointment.

Paper & Textile Programs

We also offer paper and textile programs on a regular basis during the year. We will post the workshop program as soon as it becomes available.

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Our Instagram handles are @kimsacksgallery, @kimsacksschoolofceramics, @kim.sacks.tribal, and @kimsacksceramicist.


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