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Learning how to make Pottery and Ceramics

Portadown Wellness Centre is delighted to offer clients classes in pottery making and ceramics. The art of pottery is oftentimes described as therapeutic and relaxing. While spinning clay your mind and body are in natural synergy wrapped around your creative ambitions and goals. This thoughtful, artistic activity can open the mind and relieve you of outside worries.

There are 10 major health benefits of learning the art of pottery.

Creative outlets – There are both physical and mental benefits from expressing yourself by creating something: Art offers an outlet and a release from all of that. With pottery you can produce something and express yourself in some way.

Increase optimistic outlook – Pottery enables for improvements in flow and spontaneity, provides an outlet for emotions and helps you with self-identification and self-expression, bolstering confidence and self-esteem.

Improves focus – Pottery allows you to escape the worries of life and shift your focus toward your creation. During the process, outside influences do not affect your work so you dedicate your time to your creation. Being able to fully focus on something helps the mind relax and expand, which will help you focus in other areas of life as well.

Exploring and experimentation – Pottery helps to expand who we are and how we connect to ourselves and the environment. It is a good way for people of all ages to explore the things they can do. You may be more creative than you think and there is no right or wrong way in pottery.

Reduces stress – Our hands are an outlet for creativity, the sense of touch is of high importance. A lot of focus is required while you are making pottery, therefore outside distractions are reduced and no longer stress you out. Exercises the hands, wrists and arms. The movement of making pottery is gentle yet strengthening to the hands, wrists and arms. This can be beneficial to those prone to arthritis in the hands, as it promotes joint movement and dexterity.

Encourages sociability – Pottery, an activity that rouses mental activity as much as physical is often the perfect hobby for those who prefer to expand their energy internally. While partaking in group pottery, however, one can socialise confidently with other potters while still allowing for silence. The usual casual atmosphere helps relax and socially anxious woes to help start a conversation.

A natural painkiller – Stress can oftentimes lead to feeling sensations of pain and discomfort. Since pottery is a hobby known for reducing stress and boosting self-esteem pain caused by stress may be alleviated while taking part in pottery.

Capture memories – Archaeological digs are known for recovering ancient artefacts from civilizations long past. Some of the well-preserved artefacts often surviving thousands of years are creations of pottery. As such, your artwork has the potential to last forever. Whether or not you hope further civilizations to discover it and have it immortalized in a museum or if you would rather have it sitting in your homes, foyer, seeing the creation in its final form will serve as a reminder of your accomplishments.

Improve quality of life – Art is an important hobby for self-expression. It is a good way to connect with yourself by expanding your body and mind. Embarking on new creations, learning new techniques and finishing your creations can contribute to a lifetime commitment of learning and maintaining a productive hobby.

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