pottery

Why Is Handmade Pottery So Successful?

Most people are reluctant to talk about handmade pottery, thinking that it is an inaccessible activity intended for professionals. If you have the same reasoning, think again! Indeed, this practice is more and more widespread nowadays. Moreover, it is a worldwide success thanks to its advantages and its value.

A multitude of objects is made from handmade pottery.

pottery

The objects made from handmade pottery are very decorative and can be used in everyday life. Here are some examples of accessories that can be made:

    • Bottle
    • Hanging lamp
    • Amphora
    • Candleholders
    • Pots
    • Vases
    • Dishes and plates
    • Cutting board
    • Candles
    • Essential oil diffusers, etc

Handmade pottery soothes stress.

While kneading the clay, you will feel that you are handling a stress ball. This technique provides a calming effect and manifests calm. Moreover, pottery work requires concentration for several hours. It allows you to forget your worries by disconnecting from the world while focusing on the present moment.

Pottery promotes self-esteem

pottery

You can be proud of yourself by proving to those around you that your hands are capable of making authentic objects. Your need for appreciation and recognition from those close to you can be satisfied. These people will follow your evolution. Therefore, you must succeed in impressing them each time so that they are eager to discover your next achievements. You just need to bring out the best in yourself and trust yourself to achieve your goals.

It is a practice accessible to all.

A few practice sessions are enough to flourish in this field. In other words, no prior knowledge is required to take a pottery class, regardless of your age. Indeed, the materials to be used are easy to model, like earthenware and stoneware. As long as the object is not fired, you have the possibility to start over again and again until you are satisfied with the result.

You can learn the techniques at home.

pottery

If you don’t have time to attend the various workshops, you can learn pottery at home at any time. Practice with the tutorials on the Internet to acquire the basics. Just to give you an idea, here are some tips to get you started:

    • Choose self-hardening clay or clay suitable for the traditional kiln
    • Ask a potter for the right equipment
    • Alternate the technique of pottery in columns and the modeling by hand

It is a know-how with an international scope.

Each continent has its own vision of handmade pottery and develops its own technique. Here are some examples.

In Africa

pottery

Beninese and Nigerian pottery is made from clay. The potters use a pellet instead of a wheel to assemble the pieces. Sometimes they add designs immediately after mounting before the piece hardens.

In North America

More specifically, in Canada, ceramic objects are characterized by their artistic aspect. Potters use pottery to tell a story. Each piece is designed to convey messages and express emotions.

In Asia

pottery

The Bonsai pots of Tokoname in Japan stand out because they are made from an orange-colored terracotta, resulting from a concentration of iron. To make them, potters have the choice between the molding method and the plate gluing method. An authentic Bonsai pot is characterized by the presence of a seal at the base of the pot.

Whenever I think or hear pottery, I think of that one particular scene from Ghost, and for me, pottery is a sensual art, and getting or giving someone one of your own homemade pottery creations can be a great birthday gift. It is not a canned gift that everyone can give them, and you get a bonus point because you made it yourself. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you want to read more about pottery.

Clay

Clay Modelling as a Hobby: 8 Benefits

What is Clay Modelling?

Clay modelling involves the manipulation of plastic materials to shape something. The first step is to decide what you want to make and choose the suitable material and technique. Once you have decided what you want to make, select the type of clay you will use and prepare it according to the method you will be modelling. This is not standard; it depends on what you are making, the thickness of the clay, and the season in which you will be working. It is then done when it has reached the so-called “leather hardness” and sponged to remove imperfections and impurities. After this, the clay object is fired for the first time in an oven at a temperature of 1010 degrees Celsius. After firing and relative cooling in the kiln, the thing finally becomes terracotta. It is glazed or decorated at this stage and then fired again to become ceramic.

Here Are Some of the Benefits of Working With Clay by Hand During Modelling

1) Stimulation of Creativity

Clay Modelling brings out the physical and mental benefits of expressing yourself by making something. It is a step-by-step process that allows for creativity and clarity, real, and immediate results. By modelling the clay, material things are created, which in turn express immaterial ideas.

2) Improved Concentration

Touching the clay allows you to forget your worries and put an end to the daily grind by shifting your attention to the moment of creation. This process of almost complete isolation from the outside world, no cell phone, no new environment allows you to focus entirely on the natural and creative process. The ability to focus on one task at a time relaxes the mind and improves this ability in other life situations.

Clay, Hands, Sculpting, Art, Forming, Artist, Artistic
Clay, Hands, Sculpting, Art, Forming, Artist, Artistic

3) Stress Reduction

The hands are tools for expressing creativity, and the sense of touch is essential. Modelling ceramics requires concentration, but when there are few external factors, the stress is gone.

4)  Social Life

Whether modelling or decorating, it is generally recognized that working with ceramics is an activity that develops the mental rather than the physical side of the body and that it is an excellent hobby for those who want to use their energy intelligently. The informal atmosphere and friendly environment will help you relax and overcome any obstacles to starting a conversation during the course. Eventually, every course participant will have a clay-stained apron!

5) Making Memories

Archaeologists have introduced us to an ancient civilization by discovering mostly ceramics artifacts. Ceramic creations may be preserved for a long time to seal the memory of the moment when your creativity was expressed.

Ancient, Pottery, Pots, Clay, Antique, Art, Artisan
Clay Pottery

6) Hand Skills

The movements we make to mold clay, especially on the lathe, are gentle and involve using fingers, hands, wrists, and arms. This process promotes relaxation of the body to develop and rediscover upper limb movements that are important in many aspects of life.

7) Exploration

Our limited arena of the senses and mind can be expanded by spending time in art. Age is never a limitation; people of all ages can connect with art and it is the best way for us to communicate with our surroundings. There is no right or wrong way to do ceramics; everyone has unique and experimental ideas.

8) Improving Quality of Life

Art is an essential hobby for self-expression. By expanding your body and mind, you can connect with yourself. Working on new pieces, learning new techniques, and perfecting your art can lead to a lifetime of learning and maintaining a fulfilling hobby.

Starting from a simple piece of land to create objects, artifacts with your own hands, this personal and concrete realization will help you regain your self-esteem and autonomy, your self-confidence, and even your ability to leave behind everyday problems and regain your focus! Have you ever tried clay modelling? Let us know in the comments below!