Who we are

Who we are

Friends for the last 30 years, co-founders Daryl and Janet came together in 2001 with the shared vision of empowering children creatively; thus Clay Play was born. Daryl and Janet bring with them a unique and diverse combination of skills and experience. Together with their staff, the Clay Play team have been meeting the creative needs of children since it’s inception, in over 30 schools in both the Northern and Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.
Daryl 2016

Daryl Newton

Director of Clay Play Northern Suburbs, Teacher

Daryl holds a Senior Primary Teachers Diploma from CTTC as well as a Pre-primary Diploma from Unisa. In 1990 she studied ceramics under Michelle Havlik. She has taught for 30 years.

Daryl loves the essence of children! She inspires children’s imaginations through interactive storytelling and problem solving. As the project evolves she encourages them to think creatively, to see it in their mind’s eye, and then to match it with reality. Daryl is fluent in English and Afrikaans, thus Northern Suburbs classes are fully bilingual.


Janet Muller

Director of Clay Play Southern Suburbs, Teacher

Janet has 10 years secretarial background and 24 years experience in working with children. She became a published author in 2007 when she wrote a pre-primary curriculum with matching stories for each day’s activities. She is a self-taught potter under the watchful eye of her friend Daryl.

Janet listens with integrity and is sensitive to the children’s needs. Marked with creative flair and deep life-insights, her story-telling inspires imagination in the children whilst empowering them to create the characters from the story.

I am passionate about storytelling which sets the scene for every pottery lesson. When a child says “tell me that story again” you know that it has struck a cord with their experience, giving them that “at home” feeling. When a child feels “at home” they are safe to create!

Northern Suburbs Team:

Leigh 2016Leigh Teacher & Studio Assistant Leigh makes us laugh on a daily basis! She is a qualified and experienced Junior Primary teacher. She enjoys creative projects / art as well as sharing in the growth of young peoples’ creative journey. She plays a large role as part of the teaching team and is also a part-time “clay project surgeon” at the studio. Andrea 2016Andrea Teacher & Pottery Processing & Packaging  Andrea is the sunshine in our studio and keeps all our spirits lifted throughout the year. She is currently studying B.Ed: Foundation Phase through UNISA. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential. She joins us as a teacher and assistant in the studio and schools. Candice 2016Candice Teacher & Admin Manager Candice is qualified in Public Relations and Project Management and lends her expertise to our daily operations in the form of admin manager. She also teaches and assists in various schools. She is currently studying for her PGCE: Foundation Phase through UNISA.
Kelley 2016KelleyStudio & Class Assistant Kelley brings her kindness and humour to our daily operations. Our chief glazer and best all rounder. Elsabe 2016Elsabé

Studio & Class Assistant

Elsabé has incredible creative talent and surprises us daily with her creations. She lends her creative eye and easy-going nature to all aspects of our daily operations.
Daphne 2016Daphne Teacher Daphne is a qualified and experienced Remedial/Special Education teacher. She joins us in a part-time capacity as teacher.
Together we celebrate children’s differences and appreciate their unique personalities.

Southern Suburbs Team:

ss-naomiNaomiTeacher Naomi holds a Higher Diploma in Education with 3 years in Pre-Primary and 1 year in Junior Primary (HDE JP/PP). She has taught since 1998 and is passionate about facilitating children in the creative process and building confidence. Naomi empowers children to believe in themselves and reach their true potential. She is excited about developing critical thinkers and problem solvers and brings genuine caring to her relationships with children. Moyra 2016MoyraSecretary & Teacher Moyra is not only a qualified Foundation phase teacher (TTD) with her HED in Pre-primary studies, but has also had experience as a secretary and office administrator.  She has been teaching for over 30 years in a variety of schools and to a variety of ages from 3 year olds to adults.  Moyra has been an art teacher for about 8 years and is passionate about growing the child’s creative abilities through fun activities.“By giving the children the tools to express themselves through Clay Play, I believe they will grow in self-confidence and their feeling of self-worth will flourish.” ss-sharonSharon Studio Pottery Processing & Packaging Sharon is meticulous & efficient in her studio duties. She is kind and encouraging when working with the children.
ss-nomsNwabisa Pottery Processing, Studio & Class Assistant Noms, as she is known to the children, has a playful spirit and patiently assists children step-by-step with the pottery projects. ss-marthaMarthaStudio & Class Assistant Martha is kind to the children and adds wonderfully to the singing of our songs with her beautiful voice. She has a real flair in creating with the clay and is also good with painting and decorating.
Thumi 2015Thumeka Studio & class assistant Thumi, as she is known to the children, has a genuine, natural way. She helps in the preparation of the clay. Yolie 2016Yolie Studio & Class Assistant Yolie keeps our studio beautifully clean and assists in the classroom in a gentle, caring way.