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Doing Pottery in East London on a Rainy Day

Updated: Jan 22



Raindrops were tap-dancing on the pavement as I stepped out of Dalston Kingsland overground station into the vibrant, beating heart of East London. The gloomy weather didn’t dampen my spirits; instead, it fueled an adventure I had been longing for - pottery on a rainy day.


Nestled within the labyrinthine streets, amidst the charming cafes and eclectic boutiques, lies a hidden gem: a pottery studio called Dalston Clay. As I pushed the door open, I was greeted by the warm aroma of incense and the sight of spinning wheels. It felt like stepping into a serene sanctuary away from the rain.


The studio buzzed with creative energy. People clad in aprons were hunched over their workbenches, sculpting and shaping clay with focused determination. The soft hum of conversation mingled with the rhythmic whir of spinning wheels, creating a symphony that echoed through the space.


I settled into my own corner, greeted by a lump of clay waiting patiently for my touch. With guidance from the friendly instructors, Barnaby Hosking, I began my journey into the world of pottery. Feeling the squishy clay between my fingers was a therapeutic experience, and with each pinch and twist, a sense of calm washed over me.


The rain continued its symphony outside, but inside the studio, time seemed to stand still. There's something magical about the combination of raindrops falling outside and the gentle whirl of pottery wheels inside—a harmonious duet of nature and creativity.


As the hours melted away, I lost myself in the process. My fingers molded the clay, creating shapes that were a reflection of my imagination. There were moments of sheer delight when the clay obeyed my commands and moments of laughter when it seemed to have a mind of its own.


The beauty of pottery lies not just in the final creation but in the journey itself. It’s about embracing imperfections and finding beauty in the unpredictability of the medium. And what better time to embrace the unpredictable than on a rainy day?


Between crafting my masterpiece, I stole moments to gaze out the window onto Gillette Square. The raindrops painted intricate patterns on the glass, adding another layer of artistry to this already picturesque day.


As the rain outside began to fade into a gentle patter, I put the finishing touches on my creation—a lopsided, yet charming, mug. Imperfect, yes, but brimming with character and memories of an evening well spent.


With a sense of accomplishment and a newfound appreciation for both pottery and rainy days, I left the studio, my heart as light as the misty drizzle outside. East London, with its rain-kissed streets, had given me an experience that was both enriching and delightfully messy.

And so, with a smile on my face and a beautifully flawed creation waiting for me to pick up in a month, I embraced the rainy streets, knowing that sometimes, the most memorable adventures happen when the weather is gloomy and grey.




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