Sculpting Serenity: Embracing the Sounds of Clay in Art Therapy

One of the most frequently asked questions during art lessons is: “Why don’t we listen to music?”

In our modern times, many disorders and illnesses are attributed to our breathing patterns. The rhythm of inhalation and exhalation is often out of sync, with the inner world not harmonizing with the outer. Artistic activities, particularly watercolor veiling, serve to restore balance to our emotional lives.

Watercolor veiling, as per Rudolf Steiner’s method, demands patience and attentiveness. It enables the creation of subtle nuances, intensifying colors layer by layer. This technique, rooted in light, allows one to truly grasp the essence of color. The process of applying veil after veil, waiting for the paper to dry, mirrors a rhythm of inspiration and expiration free from the chaotic pace of modern life and sensory overload.

Controlling the brushstroke and water content, preparing colors in dilution, and prepping the paper the night before all contribute to a deliberate pace in artistic preparation. In this work, much like other art forms such as drawing and clay modeling, music serves as a distraction and adds to sensory overload. Silence allows for complete focus on the task at hand, enabling a deeper connection to the artistic process.

In addition to watercolor veiling, modeling with clay is another integral aspect of our art therapy sessions. When we engage in this tactile activity, our senses come alive, and it’s essential to remain mindful and present.

As we shape the clay, our hands become attuned to its texture and malleability. The sound of tools carving through the clay, the gentle thud as we mold and shape, and the smoothness of the surface under our fingertips all contribute to a deeply immersive experience.

It’s a journey of exploration and discovery, where each movement is intentional and deliberate. Listening actively to the sounds of the process adds another dimension to our artistic expression. The subtle sounds of our hands working the clay and the tools interacting with the material create a symphony of sensations that enrich our creative endeavor.

In this mindful state, we are fully immersed in the moment, attuned to the nuances of the medium and the sensations it evokes. Adding music would detract from this immersive experience, masking the delicate sounds that are an integral part of our artistic journey.


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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