Experiences for corporates

HANDFUL - offene Keramikwerkstatt Berlin

The clay meditation helps to turn the attention inwards.


OUR REALITY IS A MIND-DRIVEN REALITY

‘Our mind wanders 50% of our awaking moments.’ We multitask, we work towards tight deadlines, we jump from one task to the next. It’s a digital world we live in, where working, shopping or connecting often happens in front of the screen. Most of the time we spend in our head. The body is seldom involved, the hand-gestures are reduced to scrolling or typing. Our creative output has declined to about 2% of our potential and creativity is often generated digitally. As a result we feel stressed out, depressed and uninspired lacking happiness, inspiration and aliveness.

Our hands want to touch, explore and discover. Our bodies want to feel, embody and breath. HANDFUL creates moments for these missing experiences.


“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”

(Carl Jung)

THE CLAY MEDITATION IS A CONSCIOUS PROCESS

Getting drawn in by the clay helps us to focus and improve observational skills. The organic material has body-like qualities that activate our intuition and connect us to ourselves. We can let go of any pressure, expectations or distractions.

The Clay Meditation is a conscious process engaging the hands through tactility, gesture and intuition. Meanwhile the mind can relax and arrive at the same place with the body. Through slow motion gestures and tactile qualities new information from the hands are sent to the brain. It's a calming as well as insightful process.

According to medical educator, Roger Lemon feedback happens every time we move our hands, handle a tool or explore a new surface (Lemon, 2014). The hands are feeding information back to the brain while we are working with clay.

When experiencing the Clay Meditation participants discover the body-like characteristics of the organic material clay and at the same time connect to the present state of their body.

RESEARCH IS ON OUR SIDE

A wealth of recent research has found that art-making is linked to positive effects on mental health and creativity leading to improved performance at work, brain function, and happiness. The clay process improves discernment between activities that nurture or deplete internal resources. People learn to recognise the signs of stress and are able to respond more effectively.

“Firms that do well at wellbeing will see talent stay and join. Those that don’t, will struggle.”

(Robert Hicks, Group HR Director at Reward Gateway)


WHAT WORKS WELL FOR YOU

We offer online and offline sessions, based on circumstances, goals and times. Experiences can take place in your space, in the HANDFUL studio or any preferred location.

The focus of a session can vary and be adjusted to your needs. You want to support your employees with inner balance and fresh focus, or prioritise collaboration and connection, motivation and aliveness, or improve empathy and communication, or actually increase the creative output through inspiration and activation?

We are happy to talk about your needs and intentions and send you a proposal.

Sessions can be offered in german or english.


WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RESULT-DRIVEN WORKSHOPS?

To find out more about the tactile Clay Meditation and learn how HANDFUL can help your company get in touch.

Write an Email to [email protected].


SESSIONS ARE FACILITATED BY
ANKE BUCHMANN

Anke Buchmann is an award-winning designer, ceramic artist and founder of HANDFUL. Before she graduated in London at Central Saint Martins as Ceramic Designer, she worked 10 years as a User Experience Designer for international agencies, brands and startups. Today clay allows her to create tangible experiences, leaving a lasting impact that people can feel in their bodies and minds.


ABOUT ANKE

People love the HANDFUL experiences

"The workshop gave me space and time to feel through clay.
I realised I think a lot, even when I try to think nothing."
(Mathew Leung, Founder and Architect of Assemble Studio London)

"A great workshop that reset my brain."
(Anthony Engi Meacock, Founder and Architect of Assemble StudioLondon)

"The workshop allowed me to let go. The activities take you wherever you want to go.”
(Mark Gavigan, Architect at Assemble Studio London)

"Ich habe vor kurzem für meine Kollegen einen Workshop bei Handful gebucht. Da ich selbst nicht daran teilgenommen habe, kann ich nur den administrativen Teil bewerten: Die Organisation und Kommunikation mit Anke Buchmann hat wunderbar geklappt. Der Kontakt war freundlich, professionell und unglaublich hilfsbereit. Übrigens war auch das Feedback meiner Kollegen nach dem Workshop extrem positiv. Daher kann ich Handful uneingeschränkt empfehlen."
(Verena S. from Nutanix)