Pottery and clay making have been important crafts at Warrah for years, and after a brief pause, we are delighted to advise that a new kiln has been installed and is ready to fire up the new pieces of clay work.
Working with clay provides our students and participants with the skill and confidence that comes from making something with their own hands. They learn about the tactile qualities of clay and other natural materials. Fine and gross motor skills are developed, along with a sense of achievement from transforming raw materials into objects of function and beauty.
Now with the new kiln, our participants can once again learn to artistically model beautiful clay items including bowls, masks, pots, or ornaments.
Pottery and art therapy can create a calming experience resulting in lowering stress levels, blood pressure, heart rate and regulating breathing. It can also be an effective tool to reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem and confidence, enhance creativity, and self-awareness.
We would like to thank all of our generous donors and supporters who have enabled the kiln to be replaced and added an essential activity back into the practical crafts and skills program. It fulfils our commitment to the “whole of process” experience for our students and participants providing, purpose, meaning, and joy in the outcome for them.
Over the coming months, we will be adding some of the pottery pieces to the range of items and handmade gifts available at the farm shop.