Fun activities are something we tend to push down our life list as we grow older.
As children, we'd fill life with hobbies and classes, playing around and enjoying ourselves. In our fast-paced world however, we don't tend to put time aside to work on hobbies as much or learn a traditional craft.
Recently, old school crafts and certain activities traditionally thought about as being 'only for children' have become more popular. From quilting to colouring-in to crochet, calligraphy, and knitting, modern adults are picking up crafts again as a way to switch off from demanding work and social media.
One skill that has been on the rise is potting. While some have turned to it as a full-time craft and job, such as Wellington Felicity Donaldson, owner of the label Wundaire, others are enjoying the benefits of potting as a hobby. In fact, the Wellington Potting Association is so popular it is nearly impossible to get a class. Therefore if you want to learn about potting, go check out Felicity's awesome classes. Felicity's next class is on 22 October - you can book here.
For those who are uncertain whether to take the plunge and dip their finger in the clay, here are five reasons to give it a try:
1. Classes make it easy to learn and make your own vessel
If you don't want to commit yet to a whole new hobby, you need not spend great amounts of money buying tools and clay and (god forbid) a kiln. Potting is a great hobby because you can easy into it with a fun and easy class. If you go to a potting class like one of Felicity's in Brooklyn, Wellington, the only thing you will need to bring is yourself. All you have to do is buy a ticket to a class and roll up on a Saturday morning to Wundaire HQ. Felicity will talk you through the whole process, step by step making it pretty fool proof (there's even morning tea).
Depending on the time of year and booking, Wundaire offer classes doing plates, cups and planters which means you can pick something you 'need' in your home to make yourself.
2. Potting has therapeutic benefits
Children have always played with clay, however, more recently it has become a valuable tool for play therapists as it provides a natural method of connection and expression. For the rest of us, there is something about moulding a large pile of mud into your own creation that is incredibly satisfying. Clay involves a very primal mode of expression and communication because it involves touching. It leaves an imprint and feelings move through hands into clay making the invisible visible. In addition to touch, modelling clay requires body movement which means a feeling of control over the clay, even if in real life you're feeling the opposite. Touch and movement are interlinked and this tactile medium is very calming.
3. You'll meet new friends
Classes for potting at Wundaire are small so you'll have no choice but to start yarning with the people next to you. Felicity's workshop is just little so it's a great way to get chatting and make new friends. In the class I went to, there were a mother and daughter, designers and a government employee. What a diverse bunch! As you sit and work that clay, it's simple to relate over a shared interest - you may even make connections that you'll take away with you.
4. You're developing a new skill you can keep up
Once you've finished your clay-making class, you can keep on learning at home. Felicity has kits that are available for about $80 to take home with all the tools and clay you need to create a masterpiece. What about a kiln? Well, she's got you covered there too because she'll fire your pots you make at home if you bring them in.
5. You get your own self-made potted creation at the end
Of course, the real treat is getting your own pottery that you've made! After class, Felicity fires your potted creation. In a few weeks, you can go and pick it up from her studio, perfectly finished. The only problem then trying to decide what to put in your planter. Feel that pride coursing through you! What talent!
If you think you'd rather just buy some potting already made by Felicity's expert hands, you can check out her website and get plates, cups and planters made to order.