A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of trying pottery for the very first time. Myself and a few other ladies were invited to Inspirations Studio to learn more about this beautiful craft.
Inspirations Studio is a project of Sistering, an organization that provides food, employment assistance and income support for homeless and marginalized women in Toronto. The studio aims to teach these women pottery and business skills in order to provide them with supplementary income and preparation for employment.
Since it was my first time, I made sure to watch our instructors Judith and Theresa very carefully. I was a little intimidated to say the least. They made it look so easy!
My pieces looked like this before it went into the kiln. I used lace material to create a delicate pattern on the clay.
And here's a few photos of the finished product. Not too bad for my first try! I love the irregularities in each piece. I opted for something not white since that usually is my go-to. I wanted a dark and moody mixture of brown and navy for the pots and a green glaze for the bowls:
I just LOVE each and every piece. I keep them on my nightstand to hold fresh lavender and jewelry.
If you're interested in trying pottery, Inspirations Studio provides workshops starting in the fall. You can check it out here. Also, if you're looking for unique and thoughtful gifts, they have a showroom you can visit as well. I think it's important to support social enterprises in your area, especially those that connect with you in some way. Because I love working with my hands and am trying to make a conscious effort to shop locally, I truly appreciate the artistry that goes into these pieces and how they are made right here in Toronto.
Thank you to the Inspirations Studio team for having me. xo