prof. Heinz Deuser
Author of the method
Germany, Institut für Haptische Gestaltbildung

He studied German language, Pedagogy and Psychology. Collaboration with the Todtmoos-Rütte Therapy Center (leadership: Graf Dürckheim and M. Hippius) and openness to the new impulses in Western Europe  in the 1970s provided a framework for a variety of creative ideas, so Deuser's touch-experimentation (tactile exercises with shells) could result in the Concept of Working in a Clay Field®. In 1972 he began his first individual work using a "clay field". This method was further developed on the basis of participating observations, intensive studies and research. In 1984, he founded the first Institut für haptische Gestaltbildung in Cologne, where he started to work in the Clay Field® as part of training courses. From 1989 to 2005 he taught the method as a professor at the Hochschule für Kunsttherapie in Nürtingen. Since 1993, he has been offering courses, supervision and individual sessions at the Institut für Haptische Gestaltbildung in Hinterzarten. In 2018 he published the book Arbeit am Tonfeld: Der haptische Weg zu uns selbst, summarizing all the knowledge of Working in Clay Field® to date.

Cornelia Elbrecht BA. MA. AThR. SEP
Author of the book “Trauma Healing at the Clay Field”
Australia, Institut for Sensorimotor Art Therapy 

Cornelia has more than 40 years of experience as an art therapist. She is also a Somatic Experiencing trauma therapist (SEP). She has studied at the School for Initiatic Art Therapy in Germany, also Jungian and Gestalt therapy, Bioenergetics and bodywork. She is founder and director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, School for Initiatic Art Therapy. She worked as founder, co-worker and trainer    in 'Neuenzell', a centre for self-awareness and meditation in the Black Forest. She is also the founder and director of 'Claerwen Retreat' in Apollo Bay, Victoria. She has lectured in Art Therapy at RMIT, Melbourne.

Cornelia is a registered professional member of ANZACATA, the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association and IEATA the International Expressive Art Therapies Association. Cornelia is the author of innumerable peer-reviewed essays and three published books, her latest one also being translated into Chinese. Cornelia gives courses and individual sessions internationally, throughout Australia and in private practice in Apollo Bay and Melbourne.

Selection of publications

  • 2015 Elbrecht, Cornelia, Antcliff, Liz; Being in Touch: Healing Developmental and Attachment Trauma at the Clay Field. Children Australia, 40pp 209 – 220 doi; 10.1017/cha.2015.30. Volume 40 – Issue 03. Interpreting neuroscience, creating evidence – a collection of Australian based Trauma informed Research and Practice – Sept 15. http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_s1035077215000309
  • 2015 Elbrecht, Cornelia. The Clay Field and Developmental Trauma. In: Malchiodi, Cathy Ed., Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children. Guilford Press, Pennsylvania.
  •  2014 Elbrecht, Cornelia, Antcliff Liz; Being Touched through touch: Trauma treatment through haptic perception at the Clay Field: A sensorimotor art therapy. INSCAPE, International Journal of Art Therapy, 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1745482.2014.880932 Routledge.
  •  2012 Elbrecht, Cornelia. Trauma Healing at the Clay Field, a sensorimotor approach to art therapy; Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London/Philadelphia.
  •  2011 Elbrecht, Cornelia; Deuser, Heinz: Work at the Clay Field. Set of 7 DVDs.

Ina Schott                                                                                                                   
Germany, Development Educator AaT®

Clay field therapist for children, teenagers and adults.

Studied pedagogy, German language and literature, philosophy and fine arts.

1st State Examination as teacher.

Stage direction at theatres in Germany and abroad.

Pedagogical work in progressive schools.

Clay field therapist for children, teenagers and adults.

Key question: What space and what encouragement do authentic gestures and expressions need as condition for a healthy development?

                                                     Individual development support for children, adolescents and adults with Work at the Clay field®.

                                                     Lecturer in the training of educators.


Katharina Kramer                                                                                                Germany, Development Educator AaT®
Clay field therapist for children, teenagers and adults.
Graduate engineer in architecture and work experience as an architect.
Vocational education as coach, consultant and art therapist.
Specialised in consulting people with biographical disruptions.
Cooperative sessions with prospective teachers during their first steps of career change and with professionally experienced teachers.
Key question: What is needed to liberate the constructive and personal impulse in the space between alignment and isolation? 
Individual development support for children, adolescents and adults with Work at the Clay field®. 
                                                         Lecturer in pedagogical advanced training.

Mgr. Petra Součková                                                                                          Czech Republic

She graduated at the Faculty of Musical Arts at Charles University. She completed systematic training in Gestalt psychotherapy and postgraduate training in Gestalt therapy with children and adolescents (IVGT Prague). She was trained in Work at the Clay Field® method by her author H. Deuser (Institut für Haptische Gestaltbildung, Berlin).                                                                                               Since 2000 she has been working as a book editor at Bärenreiter, Paseka, Malvern, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and others. Since 2011 as a therapist at kindergarten with special care at Prague. She has also been running a private therapeutic practice  for children and adults. In recent years she has organized and together with prof. H. Deuser led the first training of Work at the Clay Field® in the Czech Republic. Now also works as a supervisor in this method.

Mgr. Anna Víšková

Mgr. Barbora Richtrová