clay workshop with Kate Shand in McGregor

What if? A clay workshop for the soul and the imagination

A homage to Paulus Berensohn (dancer, potter and teacher 1933-2017)

25, 26 & 27 September 2020 – Millstone Pottery, McGregor, Western Cape

Berensohn poses the questions ‘What if I were to make this bigger? What if I were to add a feather to it? What if I were to roll it in ashes? What if I were to write “I love you” on it?’

What if we were to undertake something new?

Lockdown has given us a moment to pause and reflect. What if we were to run a different kind of workshop… an invitation to come and play… to practice our imaginations. A workshop about play and process, not skill and outcome. A workshop where we honour the sacred within us and take a moment to pause and see what comes up when we do. Inspired by Paulus Berensohn, we will make rapid gestures and considered objects, then return them to melt back into the earth. Instead of thinking about what we are going to make, we will rely on our bellies and fingers to respond to the clay.  

Berensohn refers to the “muscle of the imagination” – he says that for some this muscle is flexible and active, but for others, it is shy and secretive. To bring it back to the life it had when we were children, we must stretch and flex it. Over the weekend we will journey into our imagination – using clay to ask the question ‘what if’? and see what happens.

Aimed at both people with absolutely no clay experience, as well as seasoned potters – this workshop is about play and exploring. It is an opportunity to break old patterns and pathways. There is no right or wrong way to do anything in this space. All you have to do is show up and choose to be present – your inner child will take care of the rest.

Guest Presenter: Kate Shand

Kate is a published author, artist and community arts counsellor. She is part of the first cohort of students on the African continent to study art therapy at the University of Johannesburg. Kate has facilitated many art-making workshops.

Cost: R1 650 per person. Includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, numbers are limited to 10.

To book, or for more information, please contact Nina on
023 625 1599, 072 544 2145 or email: nina@millstonepottery.co.za.

For accommodation enquiries, see www.tourismmcgregor.co.za

Clay workshop in Mc Gregor

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