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The Feel of Clay

Holding Space | Holding Clay

The image above is a bowl full of soft, raw pieces of unformed clay. Residing in this clay, are as many possibilities of what one can make as there are thoughts and heartbeats.

“Giving Space to ourselves through Clay”

I invite you to come and explore this bowl of clay with me.

Date: February, Friday the 10th 2023 from 10 am – 1 pm
Place: Kim Sacks School of Ceramics, 153 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Jozi.

We will be exploring ourselves, our thoughts, and our creativity through clay.

There is space for 10 people in this session.

If this interests you, you are welcome to message me to book a place.
The price includes Clay, tea, good music, good company, and magic.

Price: R650 for the session.

This is a trial run of a possible collection or irregular, regular sessions that will take place on some Friday mornings.

If this interests you please WhatsApp me: +27 833 3777499

Clay to sooth the mind and soul… The ties between craft and therapy have long been in conversation, but how does craft actually contribute to your wellbeing? According to recent research, the rhythm and repetition of movement act not only as a distraction from daily life, but have been clinically proven to raise serotonin levels, inducing relaxation and mindfulness with great meditative healing qualities on both the body and mind.

House and Leisure did a wonderful article on my spaces in Johannesburg at the end of 2018. Celebrating the City of Gold. I loved the notion of celebrating the good in Jozi. A city that I have lived in for most of my life. I like this little clip… very relaxed, showing the studio/workshop and how it lives on a day-to-day basis. The joy that people get from being there and exploring working with clay in its different ways.

Having worked with clay for more than 40 years, I feel very strongly that there are many components that contribute to a highly personal, and passionate, working relationship with clay. It is obviously learning the “Craft of Clay” – the techniques which enable us to reach our goals in terms of what we want to create.

There is also another part of the creative process – the deeply creative and personal aspect of being able to tap into what we have in our “unconscious creative selves” that I deem to be very significant. To be able to tap into those innate gifts of creativity that we each have, to find a positive, and satisfying path with clay in this sense has huge and equal importance for me.

I hold part-time classes, in the mornings, and occasionally I also run weekend workshops and special “Clay-Journeys”. I teach adults and children. I also cater for people with disabilities.

If you are not permanently based in Johannesburg or even if you live out of the country and are interested in a short, intense block of tuition, please contact me. I have no limits to what is potentially possible, with regard to working with clay.

Throwing, Handwork, and Sculpture. The Craft of learning to decorate clay is very exciting and has many aspects that we explore. Glazes, Slips, the notion of “Naked-Clay” and many more areas are worked with.

There is a comprehensive library of Ceramic Literature. A fantastic museum collection of African Ceramics, which is housed at the School.

Most of the regular classes are taught by Kim, but it is not uncommon to have “guest” teachers – who are specialists in their specific areas – who come and run workshops and classes in areas where their experience is valued and respected.

We have electric and raku kilns. We also explore surface treatments such as sawdust firing etc.

From February, I will be offering a number of classes during the week; two morning classes, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 to 12.30. a Wednesday evening class and 2 Saturday classes.

Beginners and advanced students are welcome to attend these classes. Each student is taught individually, within a group of students at different levels of proficiency. I find this a constructive way of teaching, as the beginners are in an environment of people doing many different techniques and styles. In this way, immersing ourselves in this practice we learn from more experienced, and often vice versa. There is always something to learn and reflect on. We not only bring our ceramic skills or a lack thereof, but we bring ourselves, with so much to share, and distil among the various people in the workshop. It makes for a fabulous mix of creativity and input.

There will also be an 8 week evening class on a Wednesday evening, from February 2022. This class is fully booked, but you are welcome to contact Kim to reserve a spot in the next set of 8 classes starting in April 2022.


There will be two 8 week courses starting on a Saturdays. A morning class starting – 9.30 – 12.30 — Afternoon Class will be starting at 2pm – 5pm. There are still one or two slots available for these courses. They are primarily an introduction into clay for beginners.


In January of 2022 we will move from our premises for the last 35 years, to a new building, behind my current gallery in Parkwood, Johannesburg. This will certainly be a new volume, more than a new chapter for myself, having worked with clay and crafts for most of my life.

The new space is a double story building, a Craft School, offering courses, day workshops, and classes in Ceramics, Fibre, Textiles, and Paper.

We will be able to offer an expanded amount of classes including courses and workshops in the evenings and on Saturday Mornings and afternoons.There will also be the occational class/workshop on a Sunday

Kim will be teaching many of the Ceramic classes, but there will be other teachers, specialists in their fields for the other subjects. There will be skilled makers, visiting, teaching, and exhibiting as well as a residency and possible apprenticeship programmes. The different practitioners will bring what they are most passionate about in their daily practice of making and creating, with the idea of sharing their skills.

Please, if you are interested in any of these courses from February 2022, contact Kim to put your name on the course/class lists. Spaces will be limited.

You can e-mail her at: kim@kimsacks.com, or call or WhatsApp her at +27 83 3777499

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