Ceramics with Amelia
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 12 hours over 4 days

Ceramics with Amelia

Retreat to the beautiful city of Cape Town to make ceramic pieces with award-winning ceramicist Amelia. Learn to lose inhibition and develop techniques that will give you the freedom to create beautiful and functional pottery – crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park and coming together of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes nearby.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $1240
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $360

Meet the Artist

Amelia is an award-winning ceramicist and teacher living in Cape Town with over 30 years of experience. Her journey with clay began at a very young age, growing up in a home where the dinnerware and other functional vessels were made by eminent South African potters such as Hymie Rabinowitz, Bryan Hyden, and Esias Bosch. In her late teens, she took pottery and furniture restoration classes and discovered the close relationship between wood and ceramics. Today she incorporates wood into her work in the form of handles, stoppers, and even lids for vessels.

She apprenticed under Steve Shapiro, a master South African potter, relearning all kinds of things, like making spouts that can pour, pulling handles for jugs that are functional and fit into your hands, and most importantly, the aesthetics and motivation behind making pots. For Steve, pottery is not an art or a craft, or God forbid, a hobby – it is a way of life. Later she worked with Anthony Shapiro, another master South African potter, learning how to work with porcelain and pull the most incredibly fine and delicate bowls. Her long journey with pottery has led to awards, exhibitions, teaching, and collaborations with the finest chefs.

Amelia lives with Table Mountain at her doorstep and it provides an abundance of diverse species as inspiration during morning walks. She believes that when you have a ball of clay in hand, you lose your inhibitions and let your inner person out. It is a never-ending journey with something new to learn every day. She says that once you have a good grip on the basics, it is not a matter of how, but what you want to make.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Make ceramic pieces using wheelwork, raku firing, and slip casting.
  • Find inspiration on a 1 hour early morning walk on Table Mountain.
  • Learn how to throw cups and bowls, pull handles, make spouts, and turn.
  • Practice throwing exercises developed by ceramics professor John Baymore.
  • Experienced wheel potters can hone skills to throw large pieces, learn repetitive throwing, turning fine feet, and burnishing areas left unglazed.
  • Work with porcelain and finish your pieces. Home shipping is possible for an additional fee.
  • Learn how to raku fire 3-6 bisque bowls, ready to be taken home after firing. Scheduled around sunset, it is a fiery spectacle.
  • Learn how to cast and fire pieces using Amelia’s studio molds.
  • Learn how to make tagliatelle on your last day and enjoy a light lunch in your raku bowl with home smoked norwegian salmon and chimichurri salad harvested from Amelia’s garden.
  • If desired and time permits, you can enrich your experience with other local activities on your own, such as eating dinner at restaurants that use Amelia’s ceramics and visits to tidal pools.

Explore Cape Town

The City of Cape Town is well known for its stunning natural landscapes, multicultural population, and bright African sunshine. From flat-topped Table Mountain down to the blue waters of Table Bay, flourishing arts and nightlife, Cape Town is a place where time slows and life is savored.

Amelia's small and intimate studio is in the shadow of Table Mountain. It is situated on the lower slopes of Devils Peak in the vibrant City Bowl, teeming with restaurants, pubs, and historical and cultural places to visit. Mountain hikes, pristine beaches, walking trails, and many outdoor activities are virtually on her doorstep. Amelia often goes for walks on Table Mountain to marvel at the vistas, abundance of fynbos, and more species of plants than the whole of the British Isles.

Besides the city, Amelia finds Cape Town's close-knit community of creatives, especially the potters, very satisfying.

Additional Details

Cape Town is beautiful year round to visit. June and July are cold and rainy but depending on your interest, it can still be a great time to visit with fewer crowds.

This VAWAA can be extended for up to 14 days. Please include a note in your booking request.

Unfortunately this session cannot be adapted for people in wheelchairs or special needs.

Amelia speaks English and Afrikaans.
Amelia's Availability 4 days