Claymates Ceramics Studio is a quaint, local ceramics studio on Kingsway and this beautiful art space has become a staple in the neighbourhood.
Claymates offers private lessons, special date-nights as well as multi-week classes and memberships for those looking to explore this wholesome activity more deeply. It´s a welcoming and inclusive space for those wishing to try something new or just put more time and energy into a hobby that is proven to increase one´s wellbeing and mental health.
Art (in every form) has long been recognized for its therapeutic benefits. Within the scientific community alone, studies after studies have proved that cortisol levels (an indicator of stress) decrease after one engages with artistic production. If you, like many others, started the new year with the goal of self-care, more community engagement or merely wanting to try something new – perhaps pottery is something for you.
Besides sparking one´s creativity, pottery making has often been associated with improved focus and stress reduction. Shifting your mind from the worries of the everyday into the creation process is an experience that can really bring a lot of peace. The mental health benefits of this kind of practice are certainly worth mentioning, but then again it´s also just really fun.
Even if you´ve never worked with clay before, Claymates offers plenty of private lessons and date night classes that are perfect for those who just want a taste of pottery making. Check out their website to book asap to snag March and April date-night sessions – they were just released this weekend! It´s also a great idea for a Valentine´s Day gift!
If you already are familiar with pottery and working with ceramics, you can check out their studio guidebook for more information on what they offer for artists of every level. Claymates Ceramics Studio also offers wheel throwing and hand building classes for beginners and intermediates but they fill up very quickly.
Where: 762 Kingsway St Vancouver
Hours: Wednesday – Thursday 10am – 10pm, Friday – Sunday 10am – 6pm