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Ceramics boosts brain health

“Art has the ability to bring people from all walks of life together. It creates conversation and encourages a different way of thinking.”

Iconic Adelaide arts studio Jamfactory has extended its community program to include a series of ceramics workshops tailored for people living with neurological disabilities.

The workshops, held in conjunction with ACH Group’s Tailor Made Program, included tips on throwing clay, firing, glazing and decorating.

Vera Kojic, who signed up for the series, says she found working with clay “messy, but fun”.

“When we started, clay was going everywhere,” she says. “It’s pretty amazing watching how it happens, and seeing what you can do.”

JamFactory’s Sophie Guiney says following the successful ceramics pilot, other tailored programs will be offered in 2019.

“Our workshops in particular enable participants to meet new people, build confidence, improve attention span, cultivate creativity and help reinforce the value of craft and design,” she says.

JamFactory offers public workshops at on-site studios in ceramics, glass, furniture, jewellery and metal.

Want to know more about ACH Group’s Tailor-Made Program? Visit achgroup.org. au/living-with-dementia/ 

Did you know?

Established in 1973, Jamfactory is now based in two locations:
• Morphett Street in the City
• Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley