Pottery with Mandy
- Snacks, Coffee, & Tea
- One Guest
- USD $1205
- Additional guest(s) (max 4)
- USD $450
- One Guest
- Additional guest(s)
Meet the Artist
At Goldsmith’s College in London, she was privileged to learn from master potters including Magdalene Odundo, Takeshi Yasuda and Lisa Hammond. Ray Silverman, a pupil of Lucie Rie, taught glaze making. During an internship with Alan Caiger-Smith she learnt production throwing producing majolica ware and lusterware and assisting with wood firings.
She moved to South Africa in 1995 and has been lecturing in ceramics for the last five years. Her teaching methods developed while lecturing include throwing techniques which avoid the risk of repetitive strain injury, coiling methods suitable for beginners and advanced students, and open ended teaching to encourage creativity.
She is inspired by her environment, especially the seashore, rocks, sand, shells and driftwood. Locally sourced materials – black ilmenite sand from the beach, acacia thorn-wood ash and additions of the coarse local clay make her work unique.
Mandy is looking forward to introducing visitors to the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape, less explored by overseas tourists but with its own unique history and culture, varied landscape and shoreline.
"It is a lovely coast all along from East London, with its red sandhills and wide sweeps of vivid green, dotted here and there with Xhosa kraals, and bordered by a ribbon of white surf, which spouts up in pillars of foam where it hits the rocks." King Solomon’s Mines. Rider Haggard
- Finding your unique voice by exploring your sources of inspiration.
- Discover the therapeutic value of working with clay.
- A drawing session in the forest or explore the beach to find inspiration in sea worn shells, and ready-made driftwood sculptures.
- Handbuilding to form candleholders, textured slab dishes, coil an African beer pot, or small sculptures for beginners.
- Advanced techniques of coiling, clay sculpture or throwing larger pots for those with experience.
- Your own ceramic pottery pieces.
- A raku firing on the last day if you want a finished piece to take home with you.
Stay at Mandy's
Explore East London
The East London Museum is home to the Coelocanth, the prehistoric fish which was thought to be extinct. You can see the fossilized footprints of a 124,000 year old child found in the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve. Or, head to Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve at Cintsa to see the big five – lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino and elephant as well as giraffe, zebra and ostrich, or to see rock art at a secret location.
Enjoy cooking outdoors and watching shooting stars and the Milky Way! The Eastern Cape also includes the unspoilt Transkei where you can visit Coffee Bay or Bulungula, the Hogsback Mountain resort, the Addo Elephant Park, and surfers’ destination Jeffreys Bay.
This VAWAA is available for a longer duration, up to 10 days. Please ask when you send your booking request.
Can be adapted for kids, elders, and people with special needs.
You will also be around a friendly cat, dog, and free ranging hens.
Elizabeth B., United States
What an incredible experience! Mandy is incredibly talented and knowledgeable. I learned so much about the creative process, craft, and about other artists and styles. I came with no experience and left with a course’s worth of know-how. Outside of studio time, the area is beautiful, centering and inspiring. I can’t wait to come back.