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Pottery is something I've recently wished to learn. I love how artists create so many different variations from one simple product - clay. So many textures and forms. It's intriguing. I've always wanted to get my hands on the wheel!

Since learning it is not an option now, or the next 6 months, I thought why don't I start with something small that I can easily make with my hands. I started researching on the kind of clay to buy, the method etc., when I came across something called 'air-dry clay', which is super simple to use. It softens easily with water and hardens without the use of a kiln or an oven! Without thinking much, I just bought it. A lovely natural white colour.

The very next day after having received it, I set up my table with some old newspaper sheets, a clean surface that I could work on, some colours, pens and lots of things that I could use to make impressions from. I took out half of the packet's content and after minutes of just touching it and feeling it, it was time to start!

I created forms that resemble plates and bowls, some flat and some textured. Before I knew it, hours had gone by and I had 6 pieces ready to leave in the open to dry. I was excited. I thought of all the things I could create with this super-easy material, just with my own hands. Everything from bells, wall hangings, hot plates, jewellery bowls crossed my mind.

It took about 2 days for it to completely dry and harden. I wanted it to be an addition to my sieve wall art, done in black, white and dull gold to go with the look of the house. With the help of some black paint and markers, I drew on the uneven texture, graphics that resemble food and food textures!

Happy and satisfied with the outcome, I decided to create another batch, this one would be white graphics on black backgrounds so I have a nice mix of black and white. And when it was all done, I couldn't wait to arrange them on the wall next to the sieves.

Even though the wall looks complete now, I have tons of more things I want to create from this lovely not-so-fussy material. If you haven't tried it just yet, you should give it a go!


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