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School of Ceramics

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, Sculpture and Decorative techniques. 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.

In 2021 we will move from our premises for the last 32 years, to a new building, behind my current gallery in Parkwood, Johannesburg. We will be able to offer an expanded amount of classes including courses in the Evenings and on Saturday afternoons.

Please, if you are interested in these courses from 2021, contact Kim to put your name on the list.

Contact Kim for more information – and to discuss what areas of working with clay you are interested in and how she can be of assistance to you. You can e-mail her at: kim@kimsacks.com, or WhatsApp her at +27 83 3777499

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