Sculpting young minds through art

Peter Leso wants to impart his skills and knowledge of working with clay to the youth in his community.

POLOKWANE – Hailing from Seshego Zone 2, Peter said his brother allowed him to make vases and flower pots from the clay as they were easy to make.

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“Over the years my skills improved and I now make photo frames, ashtrays and fruit bowls among others. They are trickier to sculpt and takes a lot of time and attention to detail to make.”

He added many people lack the knowledge and skills required to make ornaments with clay which is why he wants to share his knowledge so the youth can learn to become entrepreneurs using these skills.

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“What initially started out as a hobby soon became a source of income for me when I realised there was a demand for the products I make. I turned my hobby into a business as my brother had done but I expanded the variety of items I craft as well as the items I use with the clay by incorporating logs and old pallets. I also use tins and cans as moulds for specific shapes. When I am done sculpting the ornaments, I varnish them to make them shiny and beautiful.”

Peter has recruited several people from his community to help him with the finishings on the ornaments he makes.

“I want to expand the items I make with the clay, maybe even making furniture. By expanding my business I will be able to recruit the youth in the community and teach them about this art, equipping them with skills they can use to better their futures and continue the legacy my brother and I have built through our clay artworks.”

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Thabitha Mahlangu

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