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Hey Clay! At PLANT NOMA | Manchester

10 Minute Pottery

Take a ball of clay from the box and slap it firmly in the middle of the kick wheel.
Get the wheel spinning clockwise nice and quickly with your foot.
With wet hands, using both hands together, start to pull the clay up into a vessel.
When your ten minutes is up, place your finished piece on the shelf with the others.
When your piece is dry and after a few days of public display, it will be broken up.
The clay will then be recycled for more pots to be made.

Malcom Gladwell famously said that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. According to this principle, if you were to throw one pot like this every day it would take you 164 years to master the skill. We encourage you to reject the ideal. This isn’t about throwing the perfect pot, it’s about taking ten minutes to yourself, keeping your mind and body focussed on nothing in particular and having a bit of fun. 

Nothing in this little pottery gets fired, keeping 100kg of clay in constant flow.

In our day to day lives we focus a lot of attention on acquisition of things, prowess and achievements. We hope this pottery serves as a reminder that everything is temporary, none of this really matters, and that nothing should be taken too seriously.

Suitable for

Dantzic Street
M60 0AE

Level access - yes
Wheelchair access - yes
Wheelchair accessible toilets - yes
Guide and assistance dog friendly -  yes
Hearing loop availability - no


A note from the Crafts Council – this event require booking. Please do let the venue know if you are unable to make it on the day as it will mean that someone else can unleash their inner potter instead!

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