Arts & Culture

Get your hands dirty with pottery and paint

November 15, 2018, Author: Danita Pilley

Pretoria’s numerous pottery and paint studios offer both adults and children the opportunity to nurture, grow and motivate creativity.

We tend to think that only those who can write a proper story or draw a pretty picture are creative, but according to research, we all are. Creativity is one of the most important human characteristics – something that makes us successful as a species. With December holidays and that much needed time off  just around the corner, there’s no excuse not to try something new, plus the kids will love it!

Rhoda Henning’s Pottery and Art Studio needs no introduction. This qualified medical doctor decided that her passion lies in ceramics and she now teaches ceramics and painting from her home studio in Brooklyn. Classes take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with morning, afternoon and evening classes. The techniques you get taught include handwork, sculpturing, moulding, wheelwork and decoration. The classes cost R1060 per month. You can also try out the Painting on Pottery class at the studio. Underglaze paints that can withstand high temperatures are used to paint on pottery and you can buy more than 60 different colours here. This class costs R880 per month or R260 per class and you get to practice numerous different painting techniques.

250 Olivier St, Brooklyn
012 460 8845


Elza van Dijk’s Pottery Studio, on the corner of Albeth Street and Lynnwood Road, among a couple of artistic gift shops and the unique Karoo Café, forms an integral part of the atmosphere at Karoo Square. This fully equipped ceramic studio offers pottery classes to anyone with the desire to create with clay. Classes, including all material and firing, cost R1250 for four lessons or R350 per lesson and take place on Wednesdays from 2 pm – 5 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm – 9 pm and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm.

Plot 141, Lynnwood Rd, The Willows
082 823 7576

Potters Place in Leslie Street offers classes to children and adults. Children’s classes take place on Thursdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm at R480 per month – materials and firings included. The adult pottery and ceramic classes take place from Tuesday through to Saturday and their new paint and drawing classes inspire students on Monday evenings and Friday afternoons. They also sell the most beautiful hand drawn high fired ceramic art blocks, called Blok Myself, at numerous markets and galleries.

33 Leslie St, Murrayfield
082 573 4645


Another child-friendly pottery place is the Clay Café at The Red Barn. Whether it’s a school outing or a birthday party, they sure know how to cater to the young ones. They have many unfired bisque items and many paint colours to choose from, so kids get to paint their chosen pieces and take it home.

7 Nelson Rd, Olifantsfontein
072 604 0090

Creativity not only helps you to find new ways to work but it also allows you to look at situations and topics in different ways. It is entwined with imagination, which makes life so much more interesting so, why not make this month a little more interesting? Who know’s, it might even become your new favourite thing!

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