Is there anyone who doesn’t like playing with clay? I mean, you may or may not fantasise about THAT scene in Ghost, and anyway that’s none of my business, but I bet if I handed you a lump of clay right now, you’d start manipulating it. Rolling, flattening, squeezing, shaping, smoothing…
There is something so wonderfully tactile about clay that makes it almost impossible to resist. Even more-so if you harbour dreams of creating beautiful things, and even more than that if you happen to be a three-year-old well-practiced in the art of play-dough, who ALSO harbours dreams of creating beautiful things.
We were at the Northcote Pottery Supplies open day a couple of weeks ago, and Scout was in her element. She made a plate: she shaped it, smoothed it, trimmed it and painted it and was incredibly proud. And then she held my hand and insisted on taking a tour of the entire studio, upstairs and down, watching demonstrations and visiting every individual artist in turn.
Now, Scout wants to make something more. I want to make something too! How about you? Do you want to make something with me?