I wanted to try ceramic for a long time now. We agree, it’s a real epidemic now: everybody does it, everybody loves it, everybody wants to share it. So, the madness around it might have (more like definitely) pushed me into trying it, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t really enjoy it.
It’s highly instagrammable and yes — you tend to take even more selfies with your morning coffee when you’re the one who made that cup. But, thankfully, not everybody’s actions are only driven by how shareable the activity is.
I’ve been diving into pottery for a couple of weeks now and I can safely say that it’s one of the best artistic practices I have taken up. Not only you can make beautiful and useful objects, but it has a sort of healing power on me, which was just what I needed lately.
I have been through quite of a rough time and I have tried everything I could think of to distract myself: writing, painting, colouring, embroidery… Everything was great but nothing was really capturing my attention so much so that I couldn’t think about anything else. I kept on thinking and I just didn’t want to think.
Ceramic took my head hostage, and that was exactly what I wanted
It is a mixture of feelings that, ultimately, help you to detach yourself from your thoughts, your routine, your problems. You are not just colouring some motivational quotes, you are actually making something that you will be able to use, something you can be proud of and that will be the star of your home!
I find touching clay extremely relaxing, I even like the smell and the idea that I am creating something that represents me, my mood or makes me think about someone I love. There is something special in (literally) building an object, piece of clay by piece of clay.
I had my last class this week and I can’t wait to see my creations after they’ll be fired*! I did a great beginners course at Matthew Raw’s studio in London, that I can’t recommend highly enough. My final thoughts on this experience are more than positive, as you’ve probably guessed. I am already searching for a space where I can go and practice my new skills. Maybe even try out the wheel this time!
*(which is the final process in making a ceramic object)