Art as therapy for daily life

Art as therapy
Fine art photography by Manuela metra


Art as therapy is one thing I do. It is important to consider to be as a process. As you know  I work in hospital in the pediatric oncology department for Istituto dei Tumori di Milano with the Fondazione Lene Thun Onlus. I am the leader of the “Ceramic Therapy” labotatory together with a group of volunteers. Every week I see the effect that creative activity generates in those who sit around the table to work the clay. During the permanent and stable laboratory children and families find a precious support to face the period of illness. Children often long term residents meet the clay, create an artwork for themselves that they will take home or partecipate in collective social works that will be exhibited  in the hospital. The modeling of clay dissolves the tensions and brings back the smile on the faces of adults and children. The central point is the therapeutic  aspect that art always exerts, in extreme cases such as illness but also in everyday life. Creativity is part of us, it is life itself;  carving out a space dedicated to cultivate it is of vital importance. This principle, art as therapy, as fundamental as simple, fits particularly  well with critical situations, and can be expressed in infinite nuances, such as working life. Loss of meaning, situation of strong tension, loss of creativity, stress, anxiety are areas in which art makes the difference.

Art as Therapy
Collective work of children and young people of Pediatric Oncology at Istituto dei Tumori of Milan

Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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