Kim Sacks - Shool of Ceramics

Welcome to the Kim Sacks School of Ceramics

Having worked with clay for more than 45 years, I feel very strongly that there are many components that contribute to a  highly personal, and passionate, working relationship with clay. It is obviously learning the "Craft of Clay" – the techniques which enable us to reach our goals in terms of what we want to create.

There is also another  part of the creative process – the deeply creative and personal aspect of being able to tap into what we have in our "unconscious creative-selves" that I deem to be very significant. To be able to tap into those innate gifts of creativity that we each have, to find a positive, and satisfying path with clay in this sense, has huge and equal importance for me. I hold part time classes, in the mornings and occasionally I also run– week-end workshops and special “Clay-Journeys”. I teach adults and children. I also cater for people with disabilities.

If you are not permanently based in Johannesburg or even if you live out of the country and are interested in a short, intense block of tuition, please contact me. I have no limits to what is potentially possible, with regard to working with clay. Throwing, Handwork, Sculpture.  The Craft of learning to decorate clay is very exciting and has many aspects that we explore. Glazes, Slips, the notion of "Naked-Clay" and many more areas are worked-with.

There is a comprehensive library of Ceramic Literature. A fantastic museum-collection of African Ceramics which is housed at the School.

Most of the regular classes are taught by myself - but it is not un-common to have "guest" teachers – who are specialists in their specific areas – who come and run workshops and classes in areas where their experience is valued and respected. We have electric,  raku kilns. We also explore surface treatments such as sawdust firing etc.

Kim has been involved in training some of South Africa's most prominent ceramic names such as Deborah Bell, Madoda Fani,  Anthony Shapiro, Paul de Jongh, Lisa Firer, Jabu Nene, Loren Kaplan, Carolyn Heydenrych, Ozolo Ntshali, Zenzani Mazibuko, Caroline Schultz Viera, Ashleigh Chrestelis, just to name a few.

Contact Kim for more information – and to discuss  what areas of working with clay you are interested in and how she can be of assistance to you.