The benefits pottery can offer are many – here’s a few to think about!
Creative process – There are both physical and mental benefits of self expression through three dimensional creation, it enables improvements in flow and spontaneity, encourages self expression which in turn bolsters confidence and self esteem.
Improving focus / Mindfulness – Allowing the mind to relax and expand when expressing creativity allows us to expand who we are and how we connect to the environment, placing us in the present.
Exploring and experimentation – There is no right or wrong way in pottery this allows relaxed freedom and is a great leveller.
Kinaesthetic learning – The sense of touch is of high importance and hands in purpose of creativity actively reduces stress levels, clay work also promotes joint movement, dexterity and fine motor skills.
Sociability – Pottery rouses mental activity as much as physical and is a perfect way for people to expend their energy internally. Working with clay promotes a great atmosphere within a group allowing relaxed silence and easy chatter.
Historical connection – Archaeological digs have finds from civilizations long past and some of the most well-preserved artefacts are of pottery. Understanding the history surrounding pots whilst creating your own memory in pottery creates a tangible link across time.
Joy – its messy and squishy and fun!! clay play is joy regardless of age or ability.