Belmont: Jacaranda clay art classes proving popular


Jacaranda’s Wednesday art class holding pinch pots, with artist Sheryl Chant and regulars Jacqui Carrington and Kevin Williamson (centre)
Jacaranda’s Wednesday art class holding pinch pots, with artist Sheryl Chant and regulars Jacqui Carrington and Kevin Williamson (centre)

WITH the kiln fired up and pinch pots at the ready, Jacaranda’s art classes are ready to create backyard masterpieces.

The community centre’s class was working with clay and primitive firing last Wednesday, emulating a 12th century eastern European “Obvara” technique.

The adult classes are open to all, with a focus on people with disabilities. Artist Sheryl Chant has been teaching clay projects at the centre every week for at least five years and said the best thing about it was sharing a sense of creativity and completion.

“The joy that comes when people make something and they say ‘I can make things’, and ‘I achieved something’ and ‘I created this’ – the fact that their own hands created something,” she said.

Ms Chant said the group was fantastic for people to socialise and even after years of workshops, new ideas were flowing all the time.

“We have regulars and we have new people; it’s a nice mix,” she said.

Jacqui Carrington said the fun of the group and final products of the classes kept her coming back.

“It’s just more creative than I thought it would be. The plaques that we did last week, they were masterpieces in themselves because they were so hard to do,” she said.

Kevin Williamson has been heading along to the art sessions since 2010 and said the sense of companionship and friendship was fantastic.

“Otherwise I’d be sitting at home on my own,” he said.

The program runs every week.

Clay classes are on Wednesdays and painting on Fridays from 10am to 2pm during term time.

No bookings are required and lunch is provided.

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