The following was taken as an excerpt from BBC News
Amateur pottery buffs all over the world are increasingly attending classes or open studios where they can choose to make pottery for one-off sessions or take out longer memberships. In the UK, the popularity of open-access studios is a nationwide phenomenon. Such spaces include Turning Earth in Leyton and Hoxton, London, the Clay Room in Leicester and Clay College in Stoke-on-Trent. In Spain, which has a rich tradition of ceramics that encompasses the work of Picasso and Gaudí, pottery is popular in Malaga, Madrid and Barcelona, while in Hungary, there is the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét. In Brooklyn, New York City, there is Bklyn Clay, a pottery studio founded in 2018.
Ceramics are a highly versatile medium, allowing makers to learn myriad techniques, including hand-sculpted pots, slab pots (created by joining pieces of flattened clay) and pots made by pinching or coiling clay or using plaster press moulds. “Clay acts almost as an antidote to the overwhelm of the digital world,” says Jennifer Waverek, owner of Bklyn Clay. “It interrupts your compulsive email-checking. Your mind has a single focus, so the practice can feel meditative or therapeutic. There is no way to speed up clay-drying or firing, there’s no ‘clay-microwave’ – ceramics take as much time to make today as they did 2,000 years ago.”