If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing new hobby, you may have begun considering pottery as a new pastime. If so, you’re making a great choice.
Pottery is something you can do casually for little expense, or it can become a big part of your life. Even then, however, it’s still a relatively inexpensive hobby. It’s also easy to get into working with clay. There are lots of classes and studios out there to help you get started.
Why choose pottery?
Clay is a fascinating medium – it’s versatile, it’s therapeutic, and it’s easy to work with. Plus. your skill level really doesn’t matter. Just about anyone can make a pinch pot, but as you get more involved, you can explore new techniques.
The best part is that clay is rarely ever dull, as there’s always something to be created.
Where to Get Started
If you’re just starting out with your new hobby, there are a few places you can go. There are pottery studios, community art centers, or you can take up pottery in the comfort of your own home.
If you decide to go to a pottery studio, you’ll likely find there are classes you can take as well.
Working at Home
If you do choose to work at home, you’ll want to make sure you have a good workspace available. Most household vacuums don’t pick up clay dust very well. Therefore, you don’t want to be working over hardwood or carpet if you can help it.
You’ll also need access to water, a solid, sturdy table, and a work surface such as a canvas covering.
Tools and Supplies
You’ll likely want to start with ready-to-use clays and glazes. These can be found at local pottery studios or art supply retailers.
As for tools, you’ll find all the things you need in the same places you buy clay. While it isn’t totally necessary to use tools, many folks find them helpful. Often you can find sets for beginners with everything you might need.
An apron and a small bucket will also come in quite handy.
Knowing What You’re Working With
Different types of clays and glazes have different properties and there are lots of variables. Some clay can be air-dried, others need to be placed in a kiln. And, when it comes to glazes, you need to ensure they’re compatible with your clay.
If you’re using clay which must be fired (most does), you’ll need to find kiln space. A local potter or pottery studio can likely be of help there.
Also, keep in mind that some clays shrink more than others when they dry.
Go Out and Seize the Clay!
Now that you know a bit about getting started, you’re ready to go and enjoy the wonderful world of pottery. Again, we suggest finding a local pottery studio as a gateway to this enchanting hobby. It really is a great way to get started and it can also lead to some great social interactions, too.