- I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts. Albert Einstein
Pottery is fun and a rewarding hobby.
When you put your hands into pottery clay, there’s a good chance you’ll never want to stop. Just go by any ceramics class or community craft center and look at the people working on pottery and you’ll see one happy group of involved people of all ages enjoying the thrill of creating with their hands. Unlike a phone app, music download or video game, once you possess a pottery technique, it’s yours for life.
Most pottery courses are generally part time and take place over several weeks. Choose a beginner's course where you can learn the whole gamut of pottery skills including hand building, mastering the potter's wheel, glazing and other decorative techniques. Otherwise, you might want something a little more tailored to your needs such as a throwing workshop focusing solely on the potter's wheel. Make your first thrown pieces, learn how to turn the bases and then glaze your work before taking it home. Combine this with a term of coiling and slabbing and you will leave with an excellent grounding in the three basic ceramic techniques. Why not kick off with a weekend taster course and follow on with longer sessions if your inner potter has been unleashed?
Pottery can be a great hobby for the entire family too, so seek out family pottery courses where children and adults can learn ceramics together in a friendly, creative atmosphere alongside other families and a tutor.