Urban Potter

What does “Urban Potter” mean? In a broad sense, it denotes a new generation of ceramicists living in big cities, embracing a creative craft that’s grounded in tangible work, much like that of traditional ceramists. It’s a trendy phenomenon that garners considerable interest. I receive numerous requests from those eager to learn this ancient art; often, it’s the desire to explore that drives people, though sometimes it’s unrealistic projects, such as attempting to create a full tableware set in a couple of hours or becoming a professional ceramist after only a few classes.

In a narrower sense, “Urban Potter” to me signifies fully embracing the contrast between the urban pace, modernity, and the undeniable conveniences it offers, and the slow, meditative, and ritualistic rhythm demanded by working with clay. The ceramist’s craft can be approached in many different ways; it’s diverse. Some ceramists see themselves more as artisans, others as designers, while some, like myself, feel like artists who create unique pieces.

For those looking to delve into ceramics, I recommend trying out a trial lesson to fully understand what it entails. The pottery wheel is fascinating, but it takes time to master the technique and movements; it takes years. The figure of the potter is ancient, present even in mythology, laden with profound meanings that connect to the origins of creation. It almost seems mystical to sit at the pottery wheel, with a piece of clay, creating something with one’s own hands, just as it was done in ancient times.

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manuelametra

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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