In recent years, people have gravitated toward pottery making as an art form beyond simple pleasure. The activity, which was once thought of as a simple hobby, has turned into a mind and body transforming experience for both young creatives and experienced ceramicists, who find relief in cradling clay on the pottery wheel and watching as it takes form.
Through pottery, people can express their creativeness and individuality while practicing mindfulness techniques. Here is how making pottery is beneficial to the daily lives of many.
Pottery is permanent
Many are taught from a young age that certain things in life are never promised, and while this is partly true, the act of creation is one of the exceptions. When we create something, such as a pot or a vase, we are imparting a permanent piece of our creativity into the world. With plans rearranging and moments fleeting, the pottery we’ve created from earth’s own materials endures.
With pottery we practice patience
An ideal that many teenagers and young adults especially, grow into is the ideal of instant gratification. Everything in life must be on-demand and at our fingertips, and clay is too, but in a different way. The process of making pottery forces us to slow down in a fast-paced world and refocus our energy into our product. From rotating it on the pottery wheel to fire burning it in the kiln, we learn that good things take time, even with our very best efforts.
And are provided relief from the real world
In a world obsessed with technology, pottery provides solace. Pottery making is a traditional art form practiced by ancient civilizations of people into the present day, not just out of necessity, but for its holistic and healing properties. It is a hobby of meditation and reflection that many people enjoy.
No two pots are the same
Another beautiful thing about this art form is that when the process is over, your creation is uniquely yours. Indentations and cracks tell its story, and its shape morphs to the cupping of your hands, as the potter controls the destiny of each piece.
At Kissimmee River Pottery, we’ve created a community of hobbyists and artists that love sharing their ideas and creating together. We offer pottery classes to those who are interested in trying this unique activity. Give us a call at 908-237-0671 for more information or view our Summer II 2018 class schedule here – registration opens July 2nd!