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Creative ID: 081

Art form(s): Community Art, Craft/Object.

Based in: Spreydon.

When I'm available: I am available often.

Where I'm available: Canterbury.

My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)

I have over 20 years' experience teaching clay to kids of all ages. Over the last 13 years that I have been living in Christchurch I have offered my passion and enthusiasm for clay to as many schools or educational establishments that would have me. I have often wondered and contemplated how I could reach and teach teachers how to incorporate clay into the classrooms as i have often seen the benefits this practice can bring to kids. I obtained a ceramics degree in Central school of Art in my early 20s. Once I became a parent, I stopped exhibiting my work and became the Arty mum forever helping my kids schools with various projects. I have various teachers that would act as referees. I am not great at filling forms!

My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with

  • Ceramic teacher at Museo de Bellas Artes Caracas
  • Ceramic teacher at Artes del fuego

Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes

Teaching short workshops in various schools around Christchurch.

Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice

I believe that by allowing kids to explore and experiment with creativity as much as possible we provide with a platform to relax and accept the process, which in turn helps them reduce their anxieties. I am a firm believer in having a go teaching them that what they create is unique and not mass produced. As to how it would link to my creative practice? It would expand what I have been offering for the last 30 years! I care about these youngsters and their mental well-being! So being part of something larger would be the icing on the cake!

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