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Ashes & Oak is a small family business working with nature to create amazing pieces.  Jo specialises in ceramics; both creating and offering clay therapy programs, Ian specialises in wood turning and Liam produces delicate turned wooden toys.

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Make it 2 Break it Clay Programs

There is a huge amount of research that proves creativity helps to improve mental well-being.  The recent large scale study conducted by BBC Arts in conjunction with Dr Daisy Fancourt of UCL is the first study to show the cognition strategies used by the brain to regulate emotions when being creative.  They found that benefits can be seen from a single engagement in creativity, but also found cumulative benefits from regular participation.Being creative and engaging in a new activity has three benefits to our mental health:

  • It provides distraction from the stress of our daily lives.

  • Gives us time to process problems and create a plan going forward.

  • Increases self esteem and confidence through self development.

 

At Ashes & Oak we believe strongly in the calming nature of creating with clay.  Looking back over the many years we have worked with clay it is easy to see how it has been a ‘go to’ during the difficult times of life.  Many of the sculptures produced in our studio have naturally developed into their final finish through the relaxation of the body and mind once work begins.

 

  • Through our experiences of working with clay and being trained teachers we have developed programs for adults and children to help them feel the benefits of being creative.  The benefits are numerous but the main four are:

  • The physical manipulation of clay helps reduce the adrenaline streaming through our systems when we become stressed.  Adrenaline is responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ responses we naturally feel when faced with an actual or perceived threat.

  • Through working with the clay we become able to mentally move away from the problems causing our stress.

  • Being physically distracted and absorbed in the creative process allows us to view our problems more rationally and create plans to solve them.

  • Working through the program develops new skills and raises self esteem and confidence regardless of skill level.

 

We are able to supply one day programs or programs organised over several weeks.  We are also happy to provide bespoke packages based on needs.  Please click on the most relevant button to find out what we can do to improve the mental well-being of your organisation or contact us for a chat.

 

High levels of SEND? Poor behaviour & concentration?

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Lets get creative!

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Demotivated staff? Low productivity? High stress levels?

Is creativity the answer?...

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Feeling isolated? Caring for a loved one? Fancy learning a new hobby & making new friends?

Do you suffer from a Long term illness or Anxiety?