In Conscious Crafts: Pottery, maker Lucy Davidson reveals the meditative nature of working with clay and its wellbeing benefits for slowing down, creativity and mindfulness.
Making is mindfulness made practical, and pottery is a popular meditative craft. Drawing on the traditions of hand making, Lucy has created 20 modern makes with air dry and polymer clay – all without the need for a wheel or kiln: imperfect pots; coasters; necklace beads; abstract earrings; terrazzo-style bracelets; bird brooches; pinch pot tea holders; light pull; incense holder; botanical & feather wall hangings; festive decorations; potted herb markers; clay 'leaf' bowls; plant hanger pots; indoor planters; miniature bunting; serving dishes; and seaside vases. She shares the basic techniques to pottery and shows how these can be explored and personalized for different projects, as well as making your own clay and memories.
Clean photography, contemporary illustration and heart-affirming text are beautifully mixed together to celebrate art of making for a handmade future.
Packed with inspiring ideas and practical guidance, Conscious Crafts: Pottery gives you the raw skills to get started with this fulfilling craft, and shows how the pottery experience and the satisfaction of creating your own unique makes can create happiness.
The Conscious Crafts series places mindfulness and well-being at the heart of making. Picking out proven meditative crafts and bespoke authors, these practical, contemporary guides are an inviting introduction to reconnecting head, heart, and hands.
Also available from the series: Conscious Crafts: Quilting/Knitting/Whittling.
Lucy Davidson is a contemporary crafter and designer who specializes in pottery and weaving. She teaches workshops and classes, and has featured in the national press with her original step-by-step projects and techniques for the modern maker to create at home. Lucy blogs about making, craft & design, and has appeared on channel 4 television in the UK. www.peasandneedles.co.uk/Insta_ peasandneedles