Township Clay Experience

Located in Macassar about a 40min drive outside of Cape Town is where you will find a combination of arts and culture all in the form of clay.

Macassar is reach in history with Sheikh Yusuf naming and shaping the community of Macassar, named in honour of his birth place. 

The tours are run by community members, it starts with the fascinating history of Macassar as John-Ross Lendor takes you on a journey. Starting at the Kramat of Sheikh Yusuf situated on a hill overlooking the community. The intriguing history is the start of a great tour. Share you stories with each other as passionate individuals show you ‘how to find beauty in unlikely places’. John Ross believes that the “pottery gives the community hope”, learn how clay has shaped their lives for good. 

Then enjoy a musical experience like no other, what first looks like a clay pot is in actual fact an Udu Drum and is used to create beautiful music. The young people of Macassar will teach you the basics. 

You will then have the opportunity to create a clay item , with help from the ‘clay master’ himself, Musekwa, your creation will be baked and serve as a perfect souvenir of an unforgettable experience. You will also enjoy a traditional ‘super sandwich” known as a Gatsby. Johan de Meyer the owner of the Macassar Pottery Experience, believes that their innovative ceramics will see the community live up to its potential. 

For more information and to shop online for some of the most unique pottery pieces please click here.

You will then have the opportunity to create a clay item for yourself, with help from the ‘clay master’ Musekwa, these will then be baked and serve as a perfect souvenir of an unforgettable experience. 

Their aim is to alleviate poverty by having mentorship programmes to teach skills to local community members. Beautiful pottery pieces can be purchased on tour and online.