(Vietnamese below / Tiếng Việt bên dưới)
Pottery: Connect your soul to the mother earth
Ever feel like you can never do something artistic? (by counting whorls on your fingertips?)
Myth: Just some clever gifted ones can do art.
The truth is: Anyone can.
Don’t believe me? Okay, just do it, and this is one of our many SMALL new things.
Now, how to start: You may want to register to a 3 hour ceramic class just to practice. A session like that could be easily found via Google or Facebook search with around VND300-600k per day. You don’t need to enroll to a course of hundred hours, just try one day or two, and if you feel like it and want to advance on it, you can enroll later. The reason you need to find a class is that you don’t have available materials at home, nor the wheel, nor the kiln. Plus, attending a session will get you a mentor whom you can ask questions and help you a bit with your process.
The easiest way to start is to make some easy (chibi) figurines, which does not need any much sculpting skill. You may recall the feeling of touching and sculpting the clay back in your childhood days. It is even better. Feel the wet clay under your palm, it’s a bit cold. And believe me, it feels like you connect your soul to the mother earth. It’s a very good feeling, it makes you calm.