Summer is almost upon us! Christmas trees, festivities and time to celebrate is here! We have lived through a transformation and we are a part of the journey into tomorrow. Lets Celebrate and commemorate the events that did matter, the events that changed us, the events that enlightened us, the events when we had fun and experienced rare moments of humanness.
You are invited you attend our Open Day Workshop on 29th August 2021. Make your own Mobile or make one with a friend. From R300. No need to book, Pop in anytime between 10AM and 2PM. For more information Call Julie 0825509624 or 0839236476. Delicious Coffees and treats available at Roots Farm Shoppe downstairs. Clay doesn’t stain but don’t “dress up” or bring an apron. Mobiles will be fired and ready for collection after the 15th September. All materials will be supplied, Just Pitch and Play. We look forward to seeing you there. We accept cash and Snapscan and EFT. Click to pay here if you wish to get ahead of the crowd.
We designed a short 5 session course aimed at the teens of the vulnerable communities of Hout Bay, namely Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg. In line with the vision of the Denis Goldberg House of Hope we aimed to share some basic art skills and hopefully inspire hidden artists within a community who would otherwise never be exposed to the likes of a privileged pottery class. The children are sponsored by the Denis Goldberg House of Hope Foundation which in itself as an incredibly inspiring asset to the Hout Bay Community.
The Holiday workshops are planned during the Public school holidays and Teens from either of the disadvantaged community are able to apply and attend at no cost. For more information contact Levinia or Debbie at The Dennis Goldberg House of hope (email). We have successful run 2 workshops and we will continue to offer them in the coming holidays this year.
“Every child is entitled to dream, to grow, to enrich her or his life. Help turn their dreams into reality.”
“get up each day and set your hand to something you believe in, and as you learn, pass the skill on and encourage others.”
Toinette’s journey with clay started twenty four years ago, she knew that she had found her medium of expression then. Over the years she has honed her skill as a potter by not only immersing herself in the process but by having had some wonderful teachers along the way. In her own words “ clay is marvelous, you never know everything and will spend your life as a student.”
“I believe in God like I believe in the rising sun, not because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else.”
– C.S. Lewis –
Toinette joined Katie and Julie in September 2020 to extend the studio offering of more adult classes and a Childrens class. Toinette has had 20 years experience as a teacher of various grades in local schools. She has also successfully run school pottery programmes. Her love for kids is evident in her teaching style and her students are creating some amazing work. We are loving our journey together. In addition to the classes, Toinette offers some lovely workshops through the year. She has also run our Dennis Goldberg House of Hope Teens pottery workshop.
From her own studio in Hout Bay, Toinette creates a range of unique pieces ranging from bespoke tableware and jewelry to one – off works of art.
While her company tLc represents the initials of her name, it also reflects the “tender loving care” that she instills into every distinctive piece that she creates. Click here to visit her website.
What a year! We have been so very blessed this year to have endured this most challenging economic melt down. This is thanks to the flexibility of our landlord, Earthworx Garden World and the ongoing support of our students who attend our classes. We are so proud of the work that is being produced by students who began their potting journey as beginners in the humble workspace studio.
Please join us on Saturday the 14 November 2020 from 10:00 for some drop in short workshops. Toinette and Julie will facilitate some easy and fun workshops to end the year off with some festive creative spirit. We will have a number of projects to choose from catering to all ages and abilities.
We will have a number of projects to choose from catering to all ages and abilities starting at a cost of R180. Projects will be fired and ready for collection in the first week of December.
Geskenk is a beautiful initiative sourcing goods from socially sustainable creators. Vicky Scheffel approached us to create ceramics for her bespoke gift boxes. We offer the opportunity to the Bursary students To make the stock required on order so that they can create to earn. We are so proud to be associated with Geskenk.
Go For Gold chose to host their year end function at the studio. 8 colleagues worked independently on their own tile to create a 9 tile mosaic to hang in their office. They also created their own Christmas decorations.
HBSPI was founded to allow for two things: one to be a creative well equipped space for the founders Julie and Katie to play with clay at will, the other reason was derived from the conditions of operating in the maker space called Workspace. These conditions created and maintained by Craig Dunlop were that we were to offer some kind of skills training and earning opportunities to the less fortunate community living in Hout Bay.
So how did we do it…
We encouraged friends to join us and learn pottery from us the modest skills we had acquired on our respective potting journeys. These friends came on board and paid us for materials and our guidance thereby allowing us to provide an equipped studio to offer bursaries to students. The criteria for the bursary was “show up”. If applicants were willing and interested and committed to the weekly lessons then we would welcome them back week after week.
The finances were often tricky and we had to ensure we were growing as well as offering a quality service to the paying members of the studio. We conducted short courses, corporate events, workshops and open days and exhibitions to generate the additional income we needed to keep the clay coming and the kiln firing.
The result…. An amazing group of students each from different environments in the diverse valley that is Hout Bay. Visitors from Canada and the UK, South Africans from Durban, Capetonians, Zimbabweans, Harbour residents, Informal settlement residents all mixing and sharing stories and ideas. Social cohesion at work.
This so called socially responsible project allowed NGO’s and CSI to incorporate us into their world. Go for Gold hosted their Year end function in the studio, GESKENK were also able to include our ceramics as part of their conscious gifting Offering.
Our move to the new larger earthworx studio gave rise to Pottery at Earthworx in October 2019. The large sunny, inviting well positioned studio allowed for frequent workshops, retail space, and Childrens classes.
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.