BY TAMRA BOOTH, KEEEPS
Whilst we knew that the popularity of making pottery soared over lockdown, we have been blown away by your response and interest to our announcement that Keeeps would be offering pottery classes and memberships. We have received so many emails, Facebook and Instagram messages from you, all wanting to be added to our pottery class waiting list so you can play with clay at our pottery studio. We are delighted that so many of you are keen to start making pottery and to have you on the journey with us.
Keeeps store in Marlow offers taster classes, beginner, and intermediate courses as well as themed classes where you can make, for example, a tea set or a kitchenware set. We have wheels for throwing but also lots of advice and ideas for those who just wish to hand build. For those who are already making pottery at an amateur or advanced level, we’ve set up the Keeeps Club where you’ll have access to our studio, all of our equipment, including wheels, kilns and house glazes so you can come at your leisure.
If you are ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ about joining a pottery class or making pottery, here’s 5 reasons to try and persuade you to get yourself on our waiting list and sign up for that pottery class you’ve been thinking about!
5 reasons to join a pottery class
1. Pottery classes are FUN!
This is the most important point if you are going to give up your precious down-time doing something new, it’s got to be fun! Making pottery takes you back to your primal instincts by working with and creating functional and practical items by hand. There’s something about feeling the clay between your fingers that is really freeing and enjoyable, taking you back to your childhood when getting muddy was what it was all about. There’s a reason all the celebrities are getting in on the action!
There is also fun in the freedom of making whatever you want, and that it need not be perfect. Handmade pottery is all about celebrating imperfection, which means no more worrying about doing it ‘wrong’ and certainly no pressure for your creation to be flawless – there’s no such thing and that’s great! So, throw away your inhibitions and enjoy your pottery class!
2. You’ll meet friendly, like-minded people
The great thing about joining a pottery class is that it involves working alone, in your own little bubble, but also as part of a group. Making pottery in a class, much like advanced potters working together in a pottery studio, is a great hobby for both introverts and extroverts.
If you’ve a creative mind, and like working with your hands, a pottery class is a great way to meet people with a similar outlook on life with the same interests or to meet people if you’ve just moved to a new place. Many people sign up to classes not necessarily because they are eager to make pottery, but as a way making new friends. The addiction to making pottery that follows is a bonus! Sometimes students will go for a coffee or drink after the pottery class so it can be a really sociable hobby, if you want it to be.
3. It’s a chance to be creative, even if you are not ‘arty’
Creativity means so many different things, and it can take different forms depending on the person. Just because you can’t paint the next Mona Lisa or design like Valentino doesn’t mean you don’t have a creative mind. Often, it is because we don’t have the opportunity to practice creative thinking or activities because our work is very corporate or practical.
Creativity is important as it has so many benefits on the mind. We have previously discussed how making pottery benefits mental wellness, helping you to relieve stress and work through emotions. Creativity also creates positive energy by focusing on something you enjoy rather than the worries of the day. Making pottery also increases brain plasticity which stimulates communication between different parts of the brain. A well-connected brain helps you process information better and faster. A creative act, such as making pottery at a pottery class, or even making pottery at home using our home pottery kits, can help focus the mind and has been compared to meditation due to its calming effect on the mind and body.
4. Provides an opportunity to switch off
The Myers-Brigg company found that those who are always ‘on’ are more likely to experience high stress, mental exhaustion, and burn-out, so it is very important to take a break and fully switch off.
This might mean going for a run after work to clear the mind or having a ‘no-screen’ rule for the last hour before bedtime. If you’re not a runner or gym-bunny, however, taking a pottery class is a great way to switch-off as well as limiting screen-time – there’s no checking emails, taking calls or responding to messages once you’ve got your hands on the clay! At a pottery class, you will be virtually non-contactable for a couple of hours which provides a great chance to disconnect with the world and reconnect with yourself for a while.
5. To learn something new
Learning is good for the brain, no matter what age you are. Making pottery at a pottery class keeps the mind engaged by learning the language of making pottery (throwing for example!), keeping the body active and helping to gain a new perspective. It can be exciting and rewarding with therapeutic qualities. For example, you may discover something you have a real talent for, unlocking unknown potential. Overall, making pottery can make you feel useful, particularly if you make something functional for the home, when you use it, you can think ‘I made this!!”, even if it doesn’t look like a masterpiece, and that feeling of achievement is great for mental wellbeing.
winter approaching, and evenings plonked on the sofa with Netflix every night, now is the perfect time to try something new, and join a pottery class.
So get out there, get that creativity flowing and sign up for that pottery class you’ve been thinking about! You might surprise yourself and discover a talent you never knew you had! If you’d like to be first to know more about our pottery classes, pottery courses or memberships, drop us an email at email@example.com to be added to our waiting list. We can’t wait to see you in the pottery studio soon!