I am a passionate facilitator of creative experiences. Over the span of my twenty-seven year career as a ceramic artist I have had many opportunities to work and teach with community organizations, schools and people of all ages and abilities. I have facilitated clay projects and workshops including the making of ceramic wall murals, creative play spaces, tiled seating areas through to hand building classes, family sessions, parties and exclusive individual one on one clay making classes.
Please contact me to arrange a free consultation and to find out what is possible for you and your group. Prices vary depending on location, number of participants and scope, for example, glazing and firing. To discuss a workshop ideas simply email with what you have in mind and what you would like to achieve and we can take it from there.
Creative Clay Opportunities for Art and Soul
Recently I have developed a number of new workshops specifically designed to nourish the creative soul including making Goddesses, Ceremonial Plates and my latest Clay Stones: set your intentions in stone.
Sussex Street Neighborhood House Classes
For a number of years now I have been teaching clay/pottery hand building classes at Sussex Neighborhood House for children and adults of all abilities. A new class ‘Small Objects in Clay’ has been added as an evening class for adults. Each week we have been creating wonderful works and having a lot of fun doing it. Please contact Sussex Neighborhood House if you are interested in joining us.
Workshops / Residences / Festivals
“What really impressed us was the way that Ursula worked with the children. She really respected that the mural was their work, and guided them to express themselves and be active participants in all the steps, from rolling and cutting the clay to drawing outlines and glazing in different colors. The children came away from the experience with a sense of pride, achievement and ownership. The finished product was also stunning!”
Fiona (Early Childhood Teacher) The Harbor Family and Children’s Center (Gowrie Victoria) 2012
” Ursula has a beautiful way, not just of creating art, but of being with people. Her gentleness and capacity for inclusion ensures that people of all backgrounds and abilities are welcomed and feel safe enough to give ceramic art making a go.”
Michaela Olijnyk (Former Arts and Recreation Officer JCAAA) Artistic Project Manager, Team Leader Arts Access Victoria 2009
” Ursula’s wealth of experience and creative input and guidance meant that we journeyed together through the creative process in trust, faith and true collaboration, which allowed the work to be developmental and evolutionary.”
“Ursula was always flexible, adaptive and sensitive in her guidance, catering to the different needs of our community including language barriers, mixed ages – including children, and people with physical, behavioral” and intellectual disabilities.”
Gill Knight (Project Worker Disabilities) & Helen Boots (Team Leader) MacKillop Family Services 2009
“Ursula is a ceramic inspiration, during the annual Story Festival held here at Gasworks Arts Park; she held ceramics workshops involving children and their parents in making amazing clay statues. During the 2007 festival Ursula helped 300 attendees to make an original art work they could take home. We are very lucky to have her as a resident artist here at Gasworks.”
Sherridan Green (Creative Producer) Gasworks Arts Park 2009
“I was so inspired by the Tree of Health that we made at Brighton University recently that I used it as an idea for a creative group I ran during my last placement at a medium secure hospital for women”.
Mandy Pittman (Occupational Therapy Student) UK 2007
“Thank you, Ursula, for teaching which encouraged and enabled. You have generously given me the sense that I could do much more with clay and glazes.”
Hillary Ash (Workshop Participant) 2005
“Thank you for working with us on our mural to celebrate the Year of the Out Back. We thought it was exciting, imaginative and inspiring learning experience, making us aware of the colors and creatures of our beautiful land. We found your dedication and enthusiasm contagious. Look at what we achieved together”.
With thanks from all the children, teachers and parents of Wesley Prep School and the Hutch 2002