Using clay as the medium, Thomas runs the classes as a release for pent-up creativity among participants, a process that can often form part of their mental health treatment.
With funding and assistance from the Community Arts Network of WA, the classes run as part of Rockingham Regional Arts Ceramics Studio Program at the Rockingham Arts Centre on Kent Street.
‘It offers a safe and nurturing environment for participants wanting to explore their creativity through hand building ceramics,’ Thomas said.
‘Working with clay provides a relaxing and therapeutic outlet for participants, while building their confidence in their own artistic abilities.
‘Current students have been creating imaginative vases, bowls, platters and sculptural pieces, with the help of the skills and techniques learned.’
The Friday morning class runs with the local June O’Connor Centre, for clients participating in its Wellness & Recovery Program.
But those wanting to participate do not necessarily have to be linked with another service provider.
Classes are free and Thomas said there were still places available in the Thursday morning classes. For more information, call Thomas on 0410 906 656.