Welcome to BLOC pottery & ceramics studio, focused on healing through
Our mission is to connect with our neighbors in love, kindness and courageous
creativity. The studio is designed to be an auspicious oasis where all are
welcome to slow down and get centered. We find that the practice of pottery
serves as a beautiful structure for celebrating impermanence and bringing
healing awareness to the present moment.
Working with clay is a
process as complex and cyclic as life itself, and it cannot be rushed. Many
elements, such as water, pressure, fire and time must be brought into balance
to achieve results. These elements are bestowed with a natural adamancy and
they operate without desire. On the other hand, the potter's skill at directing
these elements is often outpaced by their own creative aspirations.
It may be humbling when
the clay does not behave - such as when the sculpture quietly falls apart again or when
the ambitious vase explodes in the kiln, unwitnessed and irreversible.
Ceramics can also be
empowering, when we engender transformation and stumble upon joy. The first
time a pot rises up from the wheel. The pride and sweetness when a mug made by
one's own hands is raised up to one's own lips. The ancestral, childlike
sensation of hands in the mud - the symbolic roots of our very creation.
Pottery, like life, is
an experience that asks us to feel deeply. Slow down. When things get messy, breathe. The ceramics we create are a
reflection of ourselves, of spirit in form.
At New Earth, we believe everyone can benefit from practicing with
clay. The work that is asked of us we pursue both in and out of the studio - to
be present and meet the world in grace and love. We strive to cultivate workshops
for our neighbors in the West side Price Hill communities that serve their needs, stoke curiosity,
and provide space for healing.
Additionally, we offer
studio space to potters and artists in the Cincinnati area who are interested
in volunteering with our programs.
For more information, contact manager Bethany Pelle: firstname.lastname@example.org