Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Learning -

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.clay­ex­pres­ 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

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