We are often encouraged to do hobbies as youngsters. I remember I used to do dance on a Monday (jazz, freestyle and rock ‘n’ roll), netball on a Wednesday after-school (hated it), then drama club at lunch time with the occasional outward bound holiday thrown into the mix (so much fun). But as time passes we often grow out of them, because our vocation is unrelated and they get left behind.
I’ve always loved being creative. Art, textiles, photography, reading and writing are favourites of mine. One of my main reasons for starting this blog was so I could continue to practice and grow in those areas after leaving university. But the digital and social media side can dominate sometimes. That’s not always such a bad thing, but I have been craving to get my hands on a project that feels completely organic and none digital, resulting in a physical creation.
I went along to a pottery studio (something I’ve never done before) and did exactly that. I didn’t use my phone for inspiration from Pinterest or Google which has become the norm in the modern world. I simply sat down and began to paint using brush strokes that felt relaxing, colours that caught my eye, creating a pattern that was simply what I felt like doing in the moment.
This pot could of quite easily turned into a project. For example, a gift for someone. That would’ve been efficient use of my time, killing two birds with one stone. But that automatically comes with a specific brief or deadline, and we have enough of those day to day. I purposely didn’t take it too seriously and enjoyed the process rather than focusing on the end result. It was so relaxing!
Here is my finished pot. It isn’t perfect but I love it. It’s a bit like a horcrux from Harry potter…hear me out. Rather than containing a fragment of a dark Wizard that makes Harry’s scar hurt… it reminds me of that calm and serene feeling that I had as I created it.
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