Pottery For Students Who Are Visually Impaired

Pottery for students who are visually impaired is great for enhancing the sense of touch. Working with clay is the best way to allow students to use their sense of touch and be creative.  Action offers these classes as it may even be used as a source of income for blind students.  Their art work is beautiful and if you take a look at what they have created, you will never believe that people who are blind made these.

We teach students about exploring the various styles of pottery through touch. There are a various pots with different types of thickness, weight and texture.  Shape is important and usually influences their creations.

Visual memory is enhanced through tactually exploring various shapes of pottery.  By learning how to use visual memory, our students can form accurate mental pictures of people, places and things.  

It is with visual memory that students are able to create something unique and beautiful.  Even the texture of the glaze is unique to each student.  Some will use cracked or glossy, depending on what their imagination determines.

 We start off with smaller molds, so that the student can grasp how to control the clay. This makes it easier to color and shape. Once they are a novice, they create vases and plates or anything that they want to.

Action has around 530 students who are blind, deaf or disabled.  We not only give pottery lessons but we also offer advanced digital literacy, stained glass and woodwork classes. Our aim is to add value to the lives of our students, no matter where they are from. With the training we offer, they are able to either enter the workspace through a learnership or become entrepreneurs.


For more information about training that we offer, please contact Elsie Botha on 011 763 3366 or elsie@action4.org.za and Stephen Bergers on 011 763 2429 or stephen@action4.org.za