I first opened Bondi Clay in 2019 as a way of sharing my love for ceramics with my community. I created this studio to offer a wide selection of classes, workshops and events to all ages and skill levels. ClayGround then came to life at the start of 2021 as a dedicated membership based studio where people could expand and share their ceramic skills in a cutting-edge studio space. This has allowed me to build a community hub that inspires joy, relaxation and creative expression, celebrating the incredible benefits of ceramics.
I built Clayground and Bondi Clay, two ethically conscious and sustainable studios because it is my mission is to build a community that not only supports the natural environment but to also creates a positive impact and encourages the sharing of thoughts, ideas and talent in our growing community of ceramicists.Thanks for signing up, we cannot wait to meet you at the studio!
We know we have the opportunity to positively impact our community and planet. It's with this in mind that we approach each day, striving for excellence in all that we do, harnessing our opportunities to move as a force for good. Our mission as an eco-conscious brand is to ensure our business leads the way environmental and sustainable practices. We ensure we source and use ethical and sustainable products and materials in our studios. We continually question our actions and seek ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
We believe that every heart-driven human act is integral for the creation of a more peaceful, harmonious world. As part of our commitment to Mother Earth and the extended Clayground family, we have partnered with Carbon Neutral to plant 400 trees every year. We also plant an extra tree on behalf of each new member in our new Rosebery studio, as our way of saying thank you and giving back to the earth. Below are some of the additional steps we are taking in our endeavour to become carbon neutral and support the future of our planet. We'd love you to join us on our mission.
How we give back to the community & environment
Our Sustainable Practices
We believe we have a duty to care for the environment, and constantly seek out ways to improve our carbon footprint. Our studios have been designed with sustainable practice front of mind. We actively source sustainable materials and ethically made products, removing single-use plastic from our studios, and use 100% carbon neutral electricity to power our lights and equipment.
We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Bidijigal and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Arakwal, Widjabal and Minjungbal of the Bundjalung Nation and all Traditional Custodians of the land on which we practise. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We will continue to listen, learn, and support their culture so that it may be respected and understood by generations to come.
We have pledged to donate 2.5% of our profits each year to worthy causes. In 2019 we donated to WIRES in response to the horrific bushfires. The donation raised was used to support the recovery and rehabilitation of the many native animals affected by this loss. Throughout the year we recycle and reuse leftover pieces from classes, by donating them to our local Vinnies, giving them new life in a new home. The forward plan is to connect to more local charities and conservation organisations to continue to build ways of recycling and reusing ceramics for the benefit of our community and the planet.
Using the art of ceramics, we offer an inclusive space of creativity and relaxation to our community, teaching all ages, genders, backgrounds and abilities. We have had the privilege of getting to know many amazing people from the local and regional community over this past year and a half.