KIDS CERAMIC CLASSES
Cindy Koh, founder of Clay Expression, bids me a happy hello and extends her hand before remembering that they are caked with clay. She isn’t the only one up to her elbows in slurry. A few feet away, I spot a kids’ workshop that is already well underway.
Class-takers take on fresh new projects each month. Past projects include ice cream bowls and a cute teddy-bear shaped plaque which the children created and then took home. July’s class saw the kids making a lamp, while in August, they will try out their hand on a puzzle of the Malaysian flag.
‘One of the first things they learn is how to use templates and cut different shapes out of clay. It might seem easy, but you have to remember that their hands are a lot smaller,’ says Cindy. ‘Constantly working with clay improves a child’s motor skills.’
Ati, one of two instructors heading the children’s classes, says that working with clay teaches you to be patient. ‘Even my husband jokes that I’ve become more patient since I started classes! After all, practice makes perfect.’
Taking place every fourth Saturday of the month at 11am, the children’s classes are open to budding artists as young as two years old. Parental supervision is required of class-takers aged five and below. To reserve a spot, call Cindy Koh. Lot 757, 5-C, Jalan Subang 3, Subang Jaya, PJ (03 5888 9905/012 380 5505/ www.clayexpression.com). and jars full of beads and spools of wire sit on the shelves. Two women chat in hushed tones while working on their project, while a little girl picks out the beads she wants for a bracelet.
Jewelz, a handmade jewellery boutique and studio, has called Plaza Damas home since 2008. Founder Derek Tan, whose polished demeanour matches his appearance, stumbled on jewellerymaking by blissful coincidence some 14 years ago through a friend’s recommendation.
‘There is more to jewellerymaking than stringing beads together,’ insists Derek.
Class-takers pick up colour coordination while designing their own pieces. Working with minute
Sisters Yi Ren and Yi Rou getting crafty with clay work