Art as therapy

Art Therapy
Art Therapy by Manuela Metra

Art as therapy, in the sense that by doing art we can cure ourselves, it is possible to find the balance, the well-being and maybe even solve pending issues that for some time created problems. In today’s post, however, I would like to draw the attention above all on the word Art in the binomial Art Therapy. In fact, it is always the artistic part that leads to an evolution, to put into motion, through the artistic process, what for various reasons is blocked, as in a trauma. Art is the pleasure of color, surface and touch through clay or whatever material is taken into account. Art as therapy does not use words as in other forms of therapy, but rather its own language made up of signs, images, surfaces. In this world we lose the sense of time and enter another dimension. The art carries within itself a therapeutic element even when you cut out a moment to pick up a piece of clay or a tube of color, without objectives or particular ends, just for the pleasure of doing, playing with the materials. The therapeutic aspect of art is evident to me for various reasons, perhaps the most striking when I go to the hospital and work with children and families; but there is another aspect, less evident but not less important for those who come to Atelier for a lesson and leave tensions and problems outside the door. Every time I am amazed by what an art lesson can give.


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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