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Looking for A New Creative Hobby? Try Seizing the Clay!

There are few artistic pastimes that are as fun and relaxing as pottery. If the thought of working with clay intrigues you, you’re in luck, because it’s an easy hobby to pick up.

Pottery can be done casually for little cost, however, if you really enjoy it, you could even turn a profit.

Really, as far as hobbies go, it’s quite affordable and getting started is surprisingly simple. Plus, you can likely find classes or a studio that can help you get started.

Why You’ll Love Pottery

Pottery is an amazing hobby for several reasons. First of all, clay is simply a fascinating and fun medium to work with. It can also be quite therapeutic as well. Plus, your skill level isn’t important at all.

While you can start off with simple things like pinch pots, you can also try new techniques as you go.

Best of all, clay is almost never boring, and there’s always something you can create.

Working at Home vs. a Studio

Pottery can be done just about anywhere that has a good, clean workspace available. If you’re just getting started though, you might want to visit a studio. Alternatively, some community and senior centers have spaces as well.

At a studio, you’ll likely find instructors or long-time artists that can help you learn about the craft. Plus, they’ll often have tools you can use and a kiln for firing your finished pieces.

Of course, you can work at home on your own as well. Just keep in mind that most standard vacuums are not so good at picking up clay dust. You’ll likely want to avoid working over carpet or hardwood if possible.

Supplies You’ll Need

While most studios can provide you with tools, if you’re working at home, you’ll need to gather a few things. In addition to a sturdy table, you can use as a workspace, you’ll need a canvas covering for it, too.

For clay, as a beginner, you should probably try to start with ready-to-use clay and glazes. These can be purchased from studios or art supply stores.

Tools aren’t entirely necessary, but you’ll likely find them helpful. They don’t need to be expensive at all either. Most art supply retailers have sets of tools you can purchase. Alternatively, you can use everyday objects like toothpicks and popsicle sticks.

Oh, and don’t forget to wear either an apron or clothes you don’t mind getting messy.

Final Notes

Again, we can’t stress how helpful a studio can be, especially if you need to fire your finished creations. While some clays will air-dry, many require the use of a kiln. That’s why finding a local pottery studio (or a friendly potter) with kiln space may eventually become a requirement.

Plus, it’s a great way to be social as well.

So, that’s enough reading about it, time to go out, seize the clay, and have some fun!

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