Clay Workshop

Molding Memories, Crafting Joy


Unleash Your Creativity and let your fingers shape the possibilities with Kirsty Manger

Join us for a captivating 2.5-hour Clay Workshop that will immerse you in the world of ceramics.

This therapeutic and hands-on experience is led by the talented Kirsty Manger from Yum Design Ceramics.

Let your fingers shape the possibilities as you connect with the earth’s elements in a creative, fun, and memorable way.

Why Choose This Experience?

At Desa Retreat Wellness Experiences, we believe that wellness is a holistic journey that encompasses not only the body but also the mind and spirit. Our Clay Workshop is a unique and enriching experience that aligns perfectly with our philosophy.

Here’s why you should choose this exceptional wellness adventure:

🌟 Unlock Your Inner Artist: Whether you’re a seasoned ceramic enthusiast or a complete beginner, this workshop welcomes all skill levels. Kirsty’s guidance ensures that you’ll create something beautiful, regardless of your prior experience.

🌟 Relaxation and Rejuvenation: Experience the soothing and calming effects of working with clay. It’s not just an art form; it’s a wellness practice. Let the stress melt away as you connect with your inner self through this tactile experience.

🌟 Unique Creations: Craft your own unique ceramic pieces during the workshop. With the included firings (bisque and glaze), glazing, and professional packaging, you’ll have the satisfaction of seeing your creations transformed into finished artworks, ready to be displayed or gifted.

🌟 Connection with Nature: Clay is the embodiment of the Earth’s raw beauty. Get your hands dirty and connect with the natural world around you in a profound and tactile way.

🌟 A Tangible Keepsake: Beyond the therapeutic benefits, this experience provides you with tangible, lasting memories. Your crafted pieces, professionally fired and glazed, will serve as beautiful keepsakes of your time at Desa Retreat. Display them proudly in your home or share them as thoughtful, handmade gifts with loved ones.

🌟 Expert Guidance: Our workshop is led by Kirsty Manger, a renowned ceramic artist known for her passion and expertise in the field. Kirsty’s patient and encouraging teaching style ensures that you’ll feel comfortable and confident throughout the workshop, regardless of your prior experience with ceramics.


Step into a world of visual tranquility with our gallery of images, where moments of serenity and natural beauty come to life. Each photograph captures the essence of our yoga classes, showcasing the harmonious blend of wellness, nature, and relaxation that defines our sanctuary. Take a virtual journey through our gallery and let these captivating images transport you to the heart of our tranquil haven on the Surf Coast.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What should I wear to the Clay Workshop?

Comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty is recommended. Aprons and all necessary materials will be provided.

2. Do I need any prior experience in ceramics or art to participate in the Clay Workshop?

Not at all! The Clay Workshop is designed to cater to individuals of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced artists. Kirsty Manger, our skilled instructor, will provide step-by-step guidance, ensuring that everyone feels comfortable and can create beautiful pieces regardless of their previous experience.

3. Can I customize the glaze colors for my ceramic pieces?

Absolutely! We understand that personalization is key to creating pieces that resonate with you. During the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to select from a range of glaze colors to give your creations a unique and personalized touch. Kirsty will also be available to offer suggestions and insights to help you achieve your desired look.

4. How long does it take to receive my finished pieces?

We take great care in the creation, firing, glazing, and packaging of your items. Please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery to ensure the highest quality.

Meet Your Facilitator

Kirsty Manger, the creative force behind Yum Design Ceramics, finds inspiration in the natural beauty of her surroundings, particularly the rugged cliffs of the southeast Victorian coast near Jan Juc, where she resides. Her artistic journey is illuminated through various series such as the captivating Strata Series and the elegant Shell Series, both of which serve as poignant reflections of life’s intricate tapestry. In her work, she delves into the compelling realm of erosion within the Contour series and celebrates the lush flora in the Impressions collection.

Operating from her home studio in Jan Juc, nestled along the Surf Coast, Kirsty Manger has established herself as a remarkable ceramic artist. Her artistic endeavors extend to an array of project-based commissions, encompassing public art, community-driven creations, tableware, architectural ceramic tile murals, pendant lighting, and bespoke basins. Beyond her creative pursuits, Kirsty shares her passion for ceramics by offering engaging workshops from her home studio.

Each of Kirsty’s creations is an homage to her profound love of nature and is meticulously crafted to evoke a distinct “sense of place.” Her pieces are a harmonious blend of artistry and innovation, seamlessly combining captivating forms with exquisite surface treatments. Experience the essence of nature brought to life through her exceptional ceramic artistry.