About your host

Claire, owner and art facilitator at Driftwood Studios, developed the facility first as a family home with her late husband, renowned sculptor George Kockott. They then renovated two outbuildings and built an art studio before hosting other artists and guests from 2007.

Claire has been active in the art and development spheres in the area for the last 26 years, since arriving in South Africa from the UK to support rural water and sanitation projects. Claire particularly enjoys pottery and watercolour painting. Artists in residence can draw on her network of local art contacts and community groups. Together an enriching and memorable residency experience can be designed to the benefit of both local people and artists in residence.

Claire’s work includes funding proposal writing and project managing corporate commissions for artists, notably for The Keiskamma Art Project artwork “Stories of a Car’. Panels of tapestries illustrate the history of MBSA in East London, are displayed on a new Mercedes Benz SA C-Class in the factory’s visitors centre.

Environmental protection and healthy foods are also a passion. She is a founder member of Green Living East London, and recently completed a research project on ‘edible weeds’ for the National Heritage Council.