A year ago on facebook, I posted my thoughts about clay sculpting..
‘This is my meditative practice! Creating pieces from clay allows me to engage in the moment, be still and connect as I mould, squeeze, press and allow forms to appear and disappear. My attention is completely absorbed in the now. The pottery group is happily chatting away and I am often silent. From time to time I rejoin the conversations. An added bonus is when our 'works of art' survive the drying, heating, cooling, glazing process. Yippee!!!’ …..
Today I still find the whole process very therapeutic and the others agree that what’s on the inside will be expressed in the clay! “Little Piggles” was waiting to be made for some time and gives me lots of happiness.
6 Major benefits of clay sculpting as collated from an online article (HealthFitnessRevolution.Com)
Creative outlet – 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 grief, and helps you with self-identification and self-expression, bolstering confidence and self-esteem.
Improve focus – Pottery allows you to escape the worries of life and shift your focus toward your creation. During the process, outside influences don’t affect your work so you dedicate your time to your creation. Being able to fully focus something helps the mind relax and expand, which will help you focus in other areas of life as well.
Exploring and experimentation – Pottery helps you to express your creativity, which is essentially to expand who we are and how we connect to ourselves and the environment. It’s 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’s 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’re making pottery, therefore outside distractions are reduced and no longer stress you out.
Encourage sociability – Pottery, an activity that rouses mental activity as much as physical, is often the perfect hobby for those who prefer to expend their energy internally. While partaking in group pottery, however, one can socialize confidently with other potters while still allowing for silence. The usually casual atmosphere helps relax any socially anxious woes to help start a conversation.
Clay Therapy goes even deeper and allows one through the connection with clay to work through many core issues like anger, grief and fear enabling a person to move from traumatic emotional experiences to opportunities for personal growth and healing.
I’ve been trained in specific sequences (developed by Dr Patricia Sherwood) and the magic of the clay goes to work. Clay has the capacity to absorb and express what we are feeling - no words are needed, no skills are needed.
My own love of working with clay and seeing how kids took to this medium over the years, is what drew me to do Sherwood’s Holistic Counselling training in the first place.
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