Pottery is one of oldest art forms that has sustained the rigors of time, and is still popular today as a hobby and a creative pastime. Earthenware, stoneware and porcelain are the three primary types of pottery that are commonly known as ceramic art.
Pottery is mainly created by hand. But over the ages, the art of pottery has been refined with the help of several tools such as the potter's wheel and turn-table, shaping and rolling tools, cutting and piercing tools and finishing tools.
As a hobby, pottery can be a wonderful activity that can give you a lot creative satisfaction as well as enjoyment throughout the process. Working with malleable clay and turning it into imaginative shapes and designs with your artistic faculties is something that will make you proud of your own self. When you create something that is completely original and unique, there is a special charm in it that you will feel when you actually experience it yourself.
To make a good beginning in this field, it is advisable that you start off by joining some hobby classes that specialize in pottery lessons. These basic classes will give you a fair amount of idea about this art and its fundamental principles and techniques. If you begin to enjoy your practice sessions and it gives you pleasure to do this activity in your spare time, then you can go on learning the art and practice as much as you can. Like any other art form, the more you practice, the greater will be your mastery over this skill.
While choosing pottery as a serious hobby, you should also be aware that the equipment and tools required to create good class of pottery are quite costly. So pursuing this hobby in a hobby school is fine because they will provide you with the equipment as well as the material. But if you want to continue with your skill at home, you may have to invest in some basic tools and equipment that will help you to create some fine pottery. To support your hobby expenditure, you may also sell your creations to people or supply to stores and earn some additional income as well from your skill.
While you are taking your hobby lessons, you will come to know what particular kind of tools you are most comfortable with, and what brings out the best results in your case. So later on, when you decide to invest in purchasing your own tools and equipment, you will know exactly what are the most suitable ones for you to buy.
To save money, you may even buy a second-hand potter's wheel, and look for such classified advertisements where you can expect to find a second-hand item on sale. Secondly, instead of investing in your own kiln, you can rent the kiln time at any place that is doing pottery business.
When you start getting recognition and appreciation from your friends, family and clients for your art, that will give you the greatest satisfaction and it will be the best reward for your creative efforts.
SUMMARY: Pottery is one of the oldest arts that is still popular today as a hobby and creative pastime. Once you learn the basic skills of this art, you can create wonderful objects out of clay that will give you a lot of creative satisfaction and joy, and can even be turned into a small business of your own.