Making with MayClay | Round Three


We teamed up with the RED Collective for a third time! We had a beautiful group of 36 women join us over the weekend, beginning with a Friday evening session, followed by Saturday morning & afternoon sessions. It was a heart filled 24 hours.

We had the studio space decorated by some amazing local talent. Newcastle artist Brittany Ferns, shared some of her latest framed prints, which were complimented so beautifully by flowers thanks to Natalie of Blooms on Darby. This time the space felt really dreamy & feminine.

We had the most delicious & generous catering thanks to local ladies at Spodeli Catering. Each session was brimming with incredibly variety, plus quality vegan & gluten free options. I’ll let these photos speak for themselves. We were also thankful to have nourishing tasty treats thanks to local honey Sally, of Healthy Nourished Soul — if you like the look of her treats she has also just released her first book brimming with dozens of delicious recipes for raw treats, tea blends and toxic-free beauty products, as well as beautiful quote pages & thought-provoking journaling prompts. Women supporting women is what we hope each workshop celebrates — we choose collaboration over competition every time!

No matter the workshop of the retreat, we want each RED event to make space for Rest, Expression & Delight. After all that is what RED is an acronym for. Once everyone had settled into their seats we had some moments of quite & refocusing on being present — we know how many things can be on our minds at once during the week! We also learnt the creative expression of making with clay & intentionally created space for delight — delicious food delighting your tastebuds, beautiful art & blooms delighting your eyes & easy listening tunes for your ears.

Hannah taught two clay hand building methods; — The Pinch Technique: Inspired by MayClay’s pinch plates, we rolled our portion of clay into a ball and then proceeded to use our fingers and thumbs to pinch outwards creating a flat round plate. — The Coiling Technique: This method placed coils on top of each other to create a bud vase. Even though we all started with the same lump of clay and used the same technique - our pieces all looked completely different (I personally love this about the workshop)!

This workshops gift was a hand crafted soap by Kalea Body. We specifically chose this gift because it supported a creative soul in Melbourne, Victoria who’s business had been set back due to Covid-19. Liana’s products are proudly Australian made & hand in small batches, which are also palm oil free, vegan friendly & 100% natural — using the finest Australian plant based oils and pure essential oils. We really love that we were able to support her small business because 36 women supported us & came to the workshop.

Each session had its own unique flavour depending on the energy that each group of women brought to the space. We had daughters & mums, gal pals, sisters, ladies flying solo & some honeys who returned from previous sessions. We felt so honoured to be able to hold a space for these special women to take a break & get creative.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the women who came to the join us over the weekend. We hope that the clay workshop gave each you time to explore your expression in a new creative way. We absolutely loved having you with us, can’t wait for the next one!