In the months following our move to South Africa, when it became abundantly clear that I would find it next to impossible to get a job here, I started looking for hobby and interest groups that would help me get to know some people and also keep me occupied. Despite not having an iota of creativity, I was drawn to pottery. After looking for classes in the vicinity, I stumbled upon the Brooks Art and Pottery Studio. Run by Roy, a renowned artist and sculptor, and his wife Mary, a potter, the place looked perfect for my newly acquired interest.
While Ray gives art lessons, Mary and their daughter Linsey teach pottery. Without any delays, I quickly enrolled into a Wednesday morning class. This was by far one of the best decisions I have made. Besides honing (or rather developing) my artistic capabilities, these classes played a huge role in helping me settle down in a country that was new to me and a city where I barely knew anyone.
The relaxed atmosphere of the studio, Mary’s warm nature, Linsey’s endearing smile and the great bunch of people in class, put me at ease at once. In the initial days, this was the only place where I would have a real conversation with people without having to look into a computer screen or a phone. I owe a large part of my sanity to these once-a-week classes.