Natalie Smith shares her newfound love of pottery with Glasshouse Journal:
There is something very soothing about spending your Saturday mornings wrist deep in clay; and, especially if you are stuck in a 9-5 rut, making things with your hands. Real things you can touch, share, admire and eat from.
Turning Earth is a homely, welcoming space – a recent course there left me with a shelf-full of a rustic forms and a desire to make more.
Over a month of Saturdays, friends learnt the art of the pottery wheel, forming bowls, plates and vessels with our hands – and making a huge mess along the way.
Beginning with shaping and moving through to firing, colouring and decorating and glazing, we ended up with some beautifully imperfect pieces and a newfound admiration for the everyday home wares we used to take for granted (do you know how hard it is to put a handle on a mug? I do now and my morning coffee hasn’t been the same since).
Turning Earth is a beautiful collective-run ceramics studio under the railway arches in Hoxton. They offer courses for different levels over the course of a month or three. You can find more information by visiting their website and Facebook page.