Happiness and health in clay

Project name: Happiness and health in clay
Project duration period:
8.−14. 11. 2010
Funding value:
16,695.00 eur
Funding sources:
the European Lifelong Learning Programme (Grundtvig workshops)

Target group: older adults who are interested in creating with clay and its healing effects

Summary (project goals and purpose) 

The workshop Happiness and health in clay involved 15 older adults from 7 different countries: Latvia, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and Slovenia. The main part of the workshop was dedicated to the creation of useful clay products, which led the participants from the basic creating characteristics to more complex techniques of glazing and decorating. In addition, the workshop consisted of the activities dedicated to learning about the Slovenian cultural heritage and the traditions of St. Martin’s: visiting an exhibition of a ceramics collection in the Museum of Dolenjska, Matjaževa domačija in Paha, a modern ceramics manufacturing enterprise Peči – keramika, and learning about medicinal plants at Stična Abbey. The main event was firing clay products outdoors on the farm Pri Malči, where the participants were acquainted with the special Japanese technique of clay firing, called Raku technique.

Project results

Within the workshop, the participants improved their manual skills, and gained knowledge about the characteristics of various types of clay and their use. Moreover, with mentors’ help, they mastered various techniques of creating clay products. Each participant also created a set of products to his/her liking. In addition, they gained the knowledge about the healing effects of clay and learned about the history of pottery in Slovenia. Through selected visits and lectures, the participants learned about the tradition, cultural heritage and characteristics of our country.

The workshop also encouraged the mobility among older adults who typically do not opt for such forms of education. It strengthened their active learning, sharing knowledge and experiences.

The project manager was Andreja Rezelj. Further information about the project is available at ric@ric-nm.si.

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