Studio Workshops

WHEEL THROWING courses 

Somerset West, just off Main Rd

Introduction to basic wheel throwing
The course is booked on demand, groups welcome
This is either a 5 hour course or 3 x 5hr sessions (15 hrs) paid upfront
Class times will be six hours a day, from 9:00am – 4:00pm (6 hours x 3 days = 18 hours)
Price: 5 hrs R1000 25cm squared fired work. 3 x 5hrs R2500 50cm fired work

The basic clay preparation and building techniques are very important to learn as they provide the
student with skills to build whatever they’d like to in the future. These classes include basic wedging
techniques, a simple pinch pot and wheel throwing basics which includes centering and making simple cylindrical forms, moving on to an object of your choice.
All of these items can be either functional or sculptural or a combination of the two. Hand and wheelwork
can be combined to form a decorative or sculptural piece.
These works can be decorated with a full range of earth pigments, oxides and a large variety of coloured
slips during making. They will be glazed and fired after 3 weeks drying time. They are ready for collection
4 weeks after being made.
This short course can be offered over 3 consecutive Saturdays or Tuesdays

 

HAND WORK/ SCULPTURE SHORT COURSE

Beginners and intermediate course in handwork and sculpture over a series of 4 sessions on Tuesdays 3-8pm, Fridays 2 – 5pm or Saturdays 10am -3pm
The course takes place in a fully equipped clay studio in Somerset West. All materials are provided. Each participant can make a larger scale vessel or figurative or abstract sculpture.
– Price: R2500 per participant
This course does not require a knowledge of clay building basics
Part 1 Planning: sketches/concept brainstorm, clay prep, maquette/armature options
Part 2 Armature refining, building of basic form
Part 3 Building and blowtorching
Part 4 Finishing, colours/oxides/pigments, glazing while wet

Notes: Should a participant require additional supervised building time, there may be an additional rate
costed at R200 per 1.5 hour session. Participants are able to have access to works during certain times
to do additional work if necessary.
The studio kilns can take 50cm in height. Width should be 20-25cm. There are options of taller or wider
works, up to one meter tall and 45cm wide to fire elsewhere. There will be an additional material and kiln
cost of R700
Works are cared for during a 2 to 3 week drying process. The participant needs to make a time on a
Saturday or a Tuesday eve, at no additional cost, to assess drying and do any repairs of final touches.
This is supervised by myself.
Firing takes place when work is completely dry. There are ways to speed drying up, but this is a
slow process especially if works are made from thick clay.
This course allows for experimentation with materials and surfaces

       

 

Wildclay Studio Workshops

Beginner/ Intermediate course in wild clay and experimental work. No previous classes need to have been attended prior to this

Available times: Tues 10am-2pm, Tues 3-7:30pm, Friday 2-6pm, Sat 10am – 2pm. Should you choose a longer duration package, classes are best spread across 2 or more sessions

18hrs R2500, 12hrs R2000, 6hrs R1300, 4hrs R 750, 3hrs R500, 2hrs R400 Various durations offer various sizes for firing. There is no limit to play and experimentation

In this course we work with a variety of local hand dug clays, combined with foraged minerals, plants and plant ash. We’ll learn about processing and not processing clays, and ways to work with both. Experimentation and engagement with nature and soil is encouraged. You’re welcome to bring various materials of your own to add to your work/meaning. 

We will do series of tests/test firings and experiments of small pieces as well as a slightly larger piece of approximately 15-50cm high. Glazes used are all plant based and foraged. Your work is ready for collection 3 weeks after your booking. If classes are very full or work has a thick clay wall, we may require extra drying time.

Classes

A class is an hour and a half. Learn building techniques while you make whatever you want: art, sculpture, functional ware. Handwork and wheel work. Special needs groups, schools and family groups welcome.

NOTE Bookings essential. Sms or whatsapp to confirm or book. I’m usually unable to answer calls, please text or email

Monthly payments for the discounted rates are payable upfront EACH month. You’re welcome to make a class up during the same month. Classes are not carried over into a new month. Should you find you’re unable to fit into existing classes you need to discuss this so that we can plan your classes.

If you’re unable to attend your monthly class you need to notify me beforehand. You will otherwise forfeit the payment. No refunds are given.

 

Collection times are the same class times. Please text first.

Mon 10:30am Adults. All ages welcome

Tues 6- 7:30pm, Adults

Thurs Fully booked all day with special needs classes

Fri 2:30 or 3 pm age 5 upwards. Age 2 and 4 to be accompanied.

Sat 11am or 12:30pm until 2:30. Perfect for longer sessions for adults. Watch facebook for workshop days. When a birthday or event is booked, 10:30 class moves to 12:30 or 2:30pm. Please check via WhatsApp each time, especially if your classes are irregular

Please feel free to request a group booking any day

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We encourage creativity, individuality and expression, making work from start to finish. No part of the ceramic process is instant, so please have fun learning and experimenting. We assist in making anything you want to during the session, and have suggestions and examples. All are welcome to try the wheel in the studio. Work is decorated with a clay-based paint when wet and then dried, glazed and fired.

Monthly payments and classes: monthly fees are discounted rates and are payable upfront EACH month. You’re welcome to make a class up during the same month. Classes are not carried over into a new month. Should you be unable to fit into existing classes you need to discuss this with me at the start of the month. You will otherwise forfeit the payment. No refunds are given

Please note that Friday and Saturday sessions are sometimes fully booked for workshops and events. If you miss a class you may miss notification of changes, please whatsapp to confirm your next one

Materials Clay, decorating slips, transparent glaze and firing is provided for all classes. Underglazes and glazes are an additional cost.

Time: If you use more than your allocated time in studio or at your home an additional cost of R100 per hour or part thereof is charged.

Work takes three weeks until ready for collection. If some works are made using thick clay drying will take longer. If your group is approx 20 people, we may need an extra week. Collection times are class times.

We request that no sweets, sweet drinks or cakes are sent with your children for regular classes. This does not apply to birthdays, parties, special events, where we request clay work is done before the sugar rush begins.

Rates: see https://claymates.co.za/rates/

Discount applies only to bookings of over 10 children/adults. One item is made to be fired by each person. 

Additional work to be fired: A fee of R50 is charged for additional items. Please see maximum works in the classes link on this site

All works must have a name on them. Groups MUST supply a list of all names with the work/s made. The same names need to be on each person’s work.

A non 50% deposit needs to be paid to secure a group booking and the balance is payable on arrival or eft beforehand. This is refundable UNLESS cancellation is made ONE MONTH before your date.

There is a minimum call out fee of R100 (with a minimum of three people) if I go to you in Helderberg area.

PLEASE NOTE: Ceramics is a slow process. Depending on the work made, drying and repairs may cause a delay in turnaround time. We ensure work is made, as best we can, to survive. This applies to all bookings

There is no cost for therapists or caregivers accompanying clients or patients if no work is made for themselves. Our standard rates apply to moms/dads, care givers or therapists who take part in the class.

Sms, whatsapp, email or call to view studio, confirm or book.  Cancel if you’re unable to attend, you are otherwise liable to pay.

Holiday classes Sept 2019

21-30 Sept Holiday specials, workshops and wheel-throwing fun for all, Somerset West, just off Main Rd, 4 Dirkie Uys Rd

We assist in handwork, wheel work, sculpture and experimental ceramics

Contact Belinda on 0824682223 to or Tinka on 0728313202

Classes: 1.5 hour classes: Mon 11:30am (all ages), Tues 6pm (adults), Wed 2pm, Fri 2pm (children), Sat 11am (All ages) This includes 10cm squared to be fired per class. Additional cost R50 per cm squared for extra items

Children up to age 12: R500 4 classes. Teens: R550 for 4 classes. Adults R800: 4 classes R2000 for a weekly classes for 3 months. Classes are 1.5 hrs each.

SEPTEMBER SPECIAL all ages R200 for one class, 1 hour, max 7cm to be fired, handwork and wheelwork

Holiday classes will include mask making, self portraits and wheel work. Conta t us for updates

 

WORKSHOPS, SHORT COURSES and optional longer sessions on request 

Experimental ceramics, sculpture and handwork. All skill levels

R600 per session. Max 10 students. Max 30cm to be fired. This short course for all skill levels teaches basic clay preparation, planning of your specific work or project and basic building techniques. Each student may bring a specific project. Should you not have one, we will work with you to plan one.

You will have work to be fired, which is ready to take home 3 weeks after your booking. Larger or thicker works may require an additional week to dry.

September Saturdays: 11am – 3pm  Wheel throwing courses for beginners and all skill levels

R600 per session. Max 5 students. Max 30cm to be fired. This short beginners course teaches basic wheel work techniques including preparation of clay, centering of clay on wheel, basic wheel throwing and decorating options. All materials are provided including a large variety of coloured ceramic paints applied to wet clay.

You will have work to be fired, which is ready to take home 3 weeks after your booking. Larger or thicker works may require an additional week to dry.

It is possible to split a short course or workshop into two sessions on dates mentioned above

                                                                                                   

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Bookings essential. Whatsapp to make a group, event or party booking, text only please 082 468 2223, or make an appointment to drop by for a studio visit to discuss courses and bookings

Should you be unable to attend your classes booked and paid for in advance you’re welcome to make the session up during any class times mentioned above.

While you’re welcome to play and learn and using as much clay as you’d like, set rates include specific maximum sizes to be fired. There is an additional cost for additional works.

Group and sibling discounts

Read through https://claymates.co.za/please-read/ when you make your booking

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Special Needs

Those with unique medical or developmental needs may benefit from finding an outlet to communicate or express themselves. Clay is malleable, absorbing and tactile. This has become a primary area of focus and research at and via my studio. Feel free to make an appointment to chat about your specific needs.

Care givers or therapists for those needing assistance are welcome (no cost for carers not working with clay).

I can go to you, or make a booking at my studio. Ongoing or once off sessions all welcome.

At the moment, for adults, Monday 10:30am and Wed 12:30pm are days with space available at my studio. Classes are an hour to an hour and a half, depending on what suits. For groups, schools, events, contact to make a date.

Drop by or whatsapp to chat about needs and rates. 082 468 2223

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Rates

Rates include materials, decorating slips, basic transparent glaze and firing, payable on arrival or eft beforehand. This includes one item to be fired per person. Additional items: minimum extra cost of R50, or R60 per cubic foot, to be paid for before firing. This applies to all bookings.

Monthly payments for the discounted rates are payable upfront EACH month. You’re welcome to make a class up during the same month. Classes are not carried over into a new month. Should you find you’re unable to fit into existing classes you need to discuss and we’ll try to fit you in.

If you’re unable to attend your monthly class you need to notify me beforehand. You will otherwise forfeit the payment. No refunds are given.

Rates

R2200 3 month package, one 1.5hr class per week

R200 1 hour class (1 item of max 7cm per person) All ages, hand and wheel work. Please note, this is a special rate for a smaller item and a shorter class

  • CHILDREN AND TEENS Occasional or once-off classes 

R250 (1 hour/1.5hrs, max work size, approx 10cm sq)

R300 (2 hours, max work size, approx 15cm sq)

R500 (4 hours, max work size 20cm sq) Limited to existing class times, workshops or group bookings. R50 extra per 10 cm squared

Age 3 to 5: R550 per month, 1 hr attending once a week

Age 6 -12: R600 per month payable upfront. Tues 3:00-4:30, Wed 12pm -1:30, Fri 2 – 3:30, 3:30-5 pm or Sat 10:30 or 12pm. An hour and a half, attending once a week.

All ages: regular monthly booking, longer sessions R650 (2hours, incl 1 or 2 items, approx 15cm sq)

Teens: R720 per month

  • Adults:

R880 per month 1 class per week 1.5hr (Incl materials/ firing for 30cm for the month excluding underglazes and specialised glazes. Payable upfront in advance before the 1st of each month) Additional works are costed at a rate of R50 per 10cm squared.

Large plates and platters may have an additional cost. 30cm R300. Max size 45cm (R400)

R300 Once off or occasional classes paid on arrival

R1500 upwards. Intermediate level, not for beginners, minimal supervision. Frequent studio use (join any class). Costed according to specific requirements, may excl certain materials or firing

Occasional or once off, adults, incl materials, glazing and firing

R270 (1hr, max 10cm) R300 (1.5hr, 15cm)  R350 (2hrs 25cm) R550 (4 hours 30+cm. There will be an additional cost for larger items. Max kiln height is 50cm)

  • Birthdays, groups and events cost per person

R250 (2hrs, incl 1 item, approx 10cm)

R300 (2.5hrs, incl 2 items, approx 15cm)

Call out fee is R300-R600 (with a minimum of five people in Helderberg Basin or ten people in Cape Town and surrounding suburbs

Rates include materials, glazing and firing. 50% upfront is required to secure your booking, the balance is payable on arrival or eft beforehand. Deposits are not refundable. Discounted rates can be discussed for groups/schools/special needs groups.

Please allow three weeks for collection of glazed and fired work.

  • General monthly call out rate (I come to you once a week for a regular booking)

R550 Minimum fee per session away from studio. Glazing and firing can be an optional extra, cost depending on numbers and size of work. (Average cost R50-60 per item.)

  • Art and sculpture workshops (half day or full day)

Schools, artist’s projects, wheel or hand building workshops, special projects. Contact me to discuss needs and rates.

  • Ongoing projects and product/project development

Contact me to discuss needs and rates.

For special needs/clay therapy: no cost for therapists or caregivers accompanying clients or patients if no work is made for themselves.

Saturday, group and school sessions

Art Outings

Come to our studio for your art class outing. We can work on a theme related to your lessons at school or develop a concept you’d like to explore. Learn building techniques, sculpture and experience clay and ceramics.

Once-off visits are welcome, as are special needs groups. We can accommodate up to 25 people at a time. Minimum three people. We can also come to you.

All ages

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Discounted rates for school groups. Email, whatsapp or drop by to discuss your needs.

 

Regular Saturday classes:

Make an individual or group booking for yourself, your kids, your family or event, all ages and all skill levels welcome.

Special and other needs welcome.

Watch #claymates on facebook for Saturday Workshops

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Events and parties

Team building, birthdays, kitchen teas, special needs groups, schools, sculpture sessions, or your friends and family for a get together. All ages welcome

Please read this page before booking

I go to you and bring all materials for handwork, or you can book the studio for your event with a wheel work option for everyone

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We assist in making anything you want during the session, and have many suggestions and examples. All are welcome to try the wheel. Work is decorated with a clay-based paint when wet and dried, glazed and fired by us.

 

All materials are supplied.

The studio is yours for 2 hours. If more than 2 hours are spent in studio or at your home an additional cost of R100 per hour is charged. Bring your own eats/drinks. You’re welcome to decorate as you please and bring whatever you like.

Work takes three weeks until ready for collection. If some works have thick clay, drying may take longer. If your group is 20 people or larger we may need an extra week.

For children’s birthday parties we request that clay is done before sweets and cake.

RATES

Please see https://claymates.co.za/rates/

A discount is offered for over 10 people. One item is made by each person. An additional fee of R50 is charged for more items (a rate will be provided before firing if your additional work is larger than 10cm squared).

Once in studio, please supply a list of all names with the work/s made. The same names need to be on each person’s work.

A 50% deposit two weeks before your date secures your booking the balance is payable on arrival or eft beforehand. Deposits are not refundable

There is a minimum call out fee of R250 (with a minimum of five people) if I go to you in Helderberg area.

PLEASE NOTE: Turning mud to stone is a slow process, drying and repairs can be intricate and may cause a delay in turnaround time.

Contact

All ages welcome, open Tues – Sat.

4 Dirkie Uys Rd, just off Main Rd. Across the road from Mini Market parking entrance and Vees Videos

Belinda: 082 468 2223 (or whatsapp me) Apologies if I can’t take your call, please sms or whatsapp and I will get back to you.

claymate@claymates.co.za

 

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