MEET THE TEAM
CLAY HANDS IS RUN BY A SMALL GROUP OF THREE WOMEN WHO ALL BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF CLAY. TOGETHER THEY CREATE AND HOLD A SANCTUARY STUDIO SPACE FOR OTHERS TO DISCOVER AND DEVELOP THIS ANCIENT CREATIVE AND FUNCTIONAL SKILL. IT'S A FAMILY VIBE.
FOUNDER & TEACHER
Tash has a great love for creativity and nature and their merging in the process of pottery. She is a 3rd generation potter following in the clay path set by her late grandmother, Valerie and mother, Lissa (earthplaystudio). She opened the Clay Hands studio in April 2018 after years of working and training at Earth Play Studio.
Tash is dedicated to holding, growing and maintaining the Clay Hands space and is deeply invested in supporting the innate creativity in others through offering studio space for people to learn the skill involved in working with clay. She is committed to the healing power of reconnecting with clay and believes this connection is important for healing ourselves as well as our earth.
The female line continues -Tash is a proud mama to Lyra Human, born in June 2022.
First clay memory ... "Covering my body head to toe in clay and then getting hosed off by my mom. It was always my best. The more mud and mess the better :)"
Follow Tash on insta: @bynatashahuman
Umi was introduced to ceramics as part of her industrial design degree and fell in love. Her love of mud had to wait on the sidelines while she began her dazzling design career (she’s by now a well established and badass industrial designer).
Now Jomari has at last turned her attention back to clay, spending the last few years growing her knowledge and practice through the Clay Hands studio. She completed her Clay Hands teacher training in July 2021 and now teaches the foundation wheel classes and intermediate classes handbuilding and wheel classes. Jomari is an earthed being; gentle, caring and hugely knowledgeable and helpful.
First clay memory ..."Everyone in grade 1 had to make ashtrays for their parents. I think an ashtray was the easiest shape to give to 7 year olds but my parents didn't smoke so it was not as much appreciated."
Follow Umi on insta: @umi.ceramics
TEACHER & STUDIO MANAGER
Valeria began her clay journey in Argentina over 15 years ago, the material has captivated her ever since. Val joined the Clay Hands studio in 2020, first through an exchange program and then through the Ceramics SA internship program.
She completed her Clay Hands teacher training in November 2021 and now gives regular beginner classes, as well as being studio manager. She’s a patient, caring and beautiful being with much to offer.
Follow Val on insta: @ceramic_essence
First clay memory ..."In primary school, after school hours, we would play with clay and I remember how proud I was of my tiny, very wonky sculptures… wonder where they ended up."
Sikho Mququ hails from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. A self-made full-time production potter with a love for narrative functional wares, Sikho has a huge wealth of knowledge and high skill to share. In his studio in Paarden Eiland Sikho produces a wide range of beautiful ceramics to sell at markets and shops around Cape Town and he freelances in other pottery studios (as a highly proficient thrower).
Sikho completed his teacher training in wheel throwing with Clay Hands in March 2023 and is now taking the foundation wheel throwing evening classes. Lucky lot as he has a lot of skill and knowledge to share and plenty of patience to go with it.
First clay memory ..."we used to accompany our mothers to the river for laundry and we'd explore a lot around nature and that's how we discovered clay. We would get sticks to dig it and always rolled it into a lump of clay and start making bulls to run a fighting competition with and the one with a stronger bull takes the lead."
Follow Sikho on insta: @ckho_mququ
TEACHER & STUDIO HAND
A little late, but no less enthused, to the pottery party, Megan decided to get her hands dirty during lockdown and experimented with clay. She found that clay provided her with a gentle, nurturing space to explore her femininity and creativity while deepening her connection to the earth, herself and others.
Currently apprenticing at Clay Hands and learning from team, Megan is inspired to help others discover the healing power of being present with the earth, setting intentions, and extending loving kindness. Roped in, she completed her wheel throwing teacher training in March 2023, watch this space for classes with Megs!
Follow Meg on insta: @this_spinning_earth
First clay memory ..."Painting bisque ware and bonding with my mum at her friends home studio, it was an abstract underwater water scene still hanging in my parents home!"