Do you find this influences your regular work?
It brings me into a different headspace, allowing me to slow down after a busy day at work. This helps to creatively recharge my batteries and allows one creative process to fuel another.
While my job allows me to ‘make things’, the process is often screen-based. In contrast, pottery allows me to make with my hands and get messy while taking time away from the laptop. It also requires quiet and concentration, allowing me to focus in a very different way to my job. It has helped me to remember to switch off sometimes – to mute Slack and close tabs.
Do you think it is important to have a work-play balance?
Playing often gets forgotten about as we mosey into adulthood, but it’s a great thing to find time for, whatever our age. For those of us that work in the creative industry, we might be lucky enough to find inspiration through our jobs, but it’s important to remember that our working hours have many constraints.
Play – in whatever form it takes – is different, as it should be for you and no one else. It should be a time for you to switch lanes and allow your mind to wander. Pottery allows me to do this. As I work with my hands and focus on the wheel, my mind calms and moves away from the busyness of nine-to-five.
My advice for someone looking to do the same is not to worry too much about the output, or what your version of play looks like. I’ve found that pottery, doing terrible drawings, knitting ill-fitting hats and weeding the garden all allow me to relax and play, but it’s different for everyone. Try not to worry about any sense of productivity and instead just focus on making time for yourself.