It all points to the ancient crafts, of skills once forgotten, skills that – driven by a desire for authenticity in a world of mass manufacturing – have unexpectedly been made new again . The very same can be said for the craft pottery. As far as crafts go you honestly don’t get a much older, not when one considers the few major crafts of old – maybe weaving and bead making, but that’s another story altogether.
Anyway, the making of pottery has appeared to have taken it’s turn under the spotlight with a comeback and renewed appeal. Standing tall and proud as it were, upon the potters wheel. While pottery is a truly wonderful craft, it is an excellent means for the young as well as old alike to gather together in common interest and connect. It is likewise a means of creating something that has function, form and purpose. Ultimately it’s an appreciation of one’s endeavour, a manifestation in and of itself. Many leisure activities are simply ornamental or amusing, we can think of exceptions to this, such as knitting and baking, which develop skills that serve in their very own right, instead of something wonderful to look at – although that’s not such a bad thing.
For the young of mind and of heart – grownups, teenagers, as well as kids, pottery making is an enjoyable outlet. It engages idle minds and hands in favour and turns them to task – to productivity – away from stillness and boredom. Pottery as an activity is as charming as it is wonderful. Complete with creativity and abundant chores to keep children’s active minds focused and hands busy. As a leisure activity, pottery making in it’s simplest notion is exactly that – an exercise in focused creativity. It does take some financial investment and time to produce gorgeous pottery. One must first fashion the clay and wait the for the magic of glazing to do it’s work. But the genuine feeling of excitement that happens when one is waiting to see exactly what a completed piece will look like when it has been effectively fired, is the very thing that develops the taste for delayed gratification. It’s a craft that takes both patience and skill. It’s an activity that revolves around its challenges.
If you have never ever attempted pottery in the past, I highly recommend that you to head on out and buy an affordable ‘essential pottery making kit’. Whilst there are more comprehensive kits you could purchase, when it comes to beginning the pottery journey, these make an excellent choice, an essentials kit will allow you to get your feet wet without getting in over your head and muddied by the sloppy clay loaded water of the pottery world. Typically, set yourself rather basic tasks to begin with while you develop your skills and enthusiasm. This will provide you with a good feel for just what it’s like dealing with clay.
It is very important to note that this is not a pastime for every person – people either enjoy it or despise it – there are very few that have mixed opinions.
When you have a feel for pottery and have actually chosen to carry on after you have taken all the pros and cons into consideration, look around for neighbourhood programs that support pottery. These are usually cheaper compared to art colleges or university programs and also commonly offer superb direction as well as time on the wheel – if the potter’s wheel is something you are wanting to work with. Not all potters take pleasure in wheel work though, this is a conclusion you will come to on your own. Hand throwing is where most potters start and also a great way to build your confidence and the skills that are required when performing wheel work.
If you love the idea of pottery as a possible hobby and enjoy the ancient crafts, you are most likely a Renaissance person, you may even be familiar with the ‘Etruria Works’, the famous ceramics factory opened by Josiah Wedgwood in 1769 in a district of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, which was inspired by the ancient pottery then generally described as Etruscan. The Wedgwood factory operated upon this site for 180 years before moving to new factory at Barlaston some miles south on the Trent and Mersey Canal. The new factory was built in 1938–40.
Taking your hands to pottery will contribute to your sense of self-satisfaction, play to your Renaissance self and add to the collection of abilities you’ve acquired or indeed – teach to another. It’s highly unlikely that you could fail. You may simply discover that making pottery is an incredibly enjoyable way in which to spend your time.