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5 Things We Love About Pottery – A Journey into the World of Clay

8 Jun 2023 | Pottery

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Pottery is one of the oldest and most beloved art forms in the world. From ancient civilisations to modern-day studios, the craft of shaping clay into beautiful and functional objects has endured for thousands of years. But what is it about pottery that captivates us so? In this blog post, we explore 5 things we love about pottery, from the tactile joy of clay to the meditative process of throwing. So, sit back, grab a cup of tea, and let’s delve into the world of pottery.

#1: The Joy of Clay

There’s something undeniably satisfying about working with clay. The way it squelches between your fingers, the earthy smell, the coolness against your skin – it’s a sensory experience that’s hard to beat. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s nothing quite like the joy of shaping a lump of clay into something beautiful.

#2: The Meditative Process of Throwing

Pottery can be a deeply meditative experience. When you’re sat at the wheel, your mind focuses on the task at hand – centring the clay, pulling it up, shaping it into a form. There’s a sense of calm that comes over you as you work, a sense of being in the moment and letting go of everything else. It’s a practice that can be incredibly therapeutic, and many potters find it to be a form of mindfulness.

#3: The Beauty of Imperfection

One of the things that makes pottery so special is its imperfection. Unlike mass-produced objects, each piece of pottery is unique. Even when a potter is striving for symmetry and perfection, there will always be variations in the glaze, subtle differences in shape, and tiny imperfections that give the piece character. It’s these quirks and idiosyncrasies that make pottery so beautiful and human.

#4: The Functional Beauty of Pottery

While pottery is undoubtedly an art form, it’s also incredibly functional. From bowls and cups to vases and teapots, pottery can be used in every aspect of daily life. And there’s something special about using a handmade piece – the weight, the texture, the way it fits in your hand. It’s a reminder that beauty and functionality can coexist.

#5: The Rich History of Pottery

Finally, one of the things we love about pottery is its rich history. From the ancient Greeks to the Ming Dynasty, pottery has played a vital role in countless cultures throughout history. And while the techniques and styles have evolved over time, the core elements of the craft remain the same. By working with clay, we connect to a lineage of potters that stretches back thousands of years.


Q. Can pottery be a profitable hobby?

A. Yes, it can! Many potters make a living from selling their work, whether it’s through galleries, online marketplaces, or craft fairs. While it can be challenging to make a full-time income from the pottery, it’s certainly possible with hard work and dedication.

Q. Is pottery easy to learn?

A. Pottery is a skill that takes time and practice to master. However, it’s also an incredibly accessible art form – anyone can learn the basics of throwing and hand-building with a bit of patience and guidance. There are countless classes and workshops available for beginners to help you get started.

Q. What are some common mistakes beginners make when starting pottery?

A. One common mistake is not properly wedging the clay before working with it. Wedging is the process of kneading the clay to remove air pockets and ensure it’s uniform in consistency. Another mistake is not properly centring the clay on the wheel before beginning to throw. This can lead to wobbly and uneven pieces. It’s essential to take the time to learn the basics properly to avoid frustration and disappointment.


In conclusion, pottery is a truly magical art form that offers a wealth of benefits to those who practice it. From the tactile joy of clay to the meditative process of throwing, there are so many things to love about pottery. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, the beauty and functionality of handmade pottery are undeniable. So why not give it a try? Who knows, you might just fall in love with the world of pottery too.

5 Things We Love About Pottery is a celebration of the art form that has endured for thousands of years. By exploring the joy of clay, the meditative process of throwing, the beauty of imperfection, the functional beauty of pottery, and the rich history of the craft, we hope to inspire others to discover the magic of pottery for themselves. So go ahead, get your hands dirty, and discover the joy of pottery today!

Samantha West

Samantha is the founder of Paper Creations Paper Craft. With a long history in childcare and kindergarten teaching, crafting, especially hand made cards and scrapbooking, came naturally to her. Sam has run the business for over 7 years.