Fun with feats of clay

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WITH the kiln fired up and pinch pots at the ready, Jacaranda’s art classes are ready to cre­ate back­yard masterpieces.

The com­mu­nity cen­tre’s class was work­ing with clay and prim­i­tive fir­ing last Wed­nes­day, em­u­lat­ing a 12th cen­tury eastern Euro­pean “Ob­vara” tech­nique.

The adult classes are open to all, with a fo­cus on peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. Artist Sh­eryl Chant has been teach­ing clay projects at the cen­tre ev­ery week for at least five years and said the best thing about it was shar­ing a sense of cre­ativ­ity and com­ple­tion.

“The joy that comes when peo­ple make some­thing and they say ‘I can make things’, and ‘I achieved some­thing’ and ‘I cre­ated this’ – the fact that their own hands cre­ated some­thing,” she said.

Ms Chant said the group was fan­tas­tic for peo­ple to so­cialise and even af­ter years of work­shops, new ideas were flow­ing all the time.

“We have reg­u­lars and we have new peo­ple; it’s a nice mix,” she said.

Jac­qui Car­ring­ton said the fun of the group and fi­nal prod­ucts of the classes kept her com­ing back.

“It’s just more cre­ative than I thought it would be. The plaques that we did last week, they were masterpieces in them­selves be­cause they were so hard to do,” she said.

Kevin Wil­liamson has been head­ing along to the art ses­sions since 2010 and said the sense of com­pan­ion­ship and friend­ship was fan­tas­tic.

“Oth­er­wise I’d be sit­ting at home on my own,” he said.

The pro­gram runs ev­ery week.

Clay classes are on Wed­nes­days and paint­ing on Fri­days from 10am to 2pm dur­ing term time.

No book­ings are re­quired and lunch is pro­vided.

Jacaranda’s Wed­nes­day art class hold­ing pinch pots, with artist Sh­eryl Chant and reg­u­lars Jac­qui Car­ring­ton and Kevin Wil­liamson (cen­tre)

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