Where it all began

In June 2018 Katie Forsyth and Julie Anderson created the Hout Bay Social Pottery Initiative or HBSPI at the old Workspace in the Hout Bay Harbour area. The primary focus of the Workspace, a Maker Society, is to help break down the social economic walls that divide young people in the Hout Bay community. We adopted a version of the core values of Workspace, which are:

To provide a platform for knowledge and skills exchange across the social, cultural and generational divides.

To provide resources for people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities to use making as a tool for social empowerment, regeneration, inclusion, economic opportunity and social capital.

To promote empowerment and responsibility through learning practical skills, confidence building, emotional well being and collaboration with others.

To support individuals to build enterprises with access to equipment, space, and experience/knowledge base.

To provide opportunities for skill sharing by fostering a dynamic and inclusive community of makers.

To follow the new business paradigms of people before profits, reputation before revenue and collaboration before competition.