“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”   Albert Einstein

Each activity has been carefully chosen because it’s simple to have a go at without instruction. It’s the doing, not the making that matters here. Losing yourself in sketching, painting or pottering about with some clay will allow you to by-pass your conscious thoughts as you work. Tap into the world of information held by your sub-conscious so that you expose those hidden seams of inspiration and develop your vision.

Flow: a few moments in time when you are so completely absorbed by an activity that nothing else seems to matter.  Your sense of time may disappear.  You may forget yourself and feel part of something larger.

Clay

Create - a new coil on a half built coil pot beside a finished coil pot

Have a lesson with Wilma in the ancient art of coiling with clay, or simply have a go on your own. Wilma’s burnished and beautiful pots have been exhibited across the UK. 

Join in a tutorial with Wilma in the ancient art of coiling with clay, or simply have a go on your own. Wilma’s burnished and beautiful pots have been exhibited across the UK. 

She will demonstrate how to create the coils, build the form and scrape and smooth the pot while keeping its intended shape.  

You will be left the part-built pot to continue with during your stay, if the mood takes you.

People first started making pottery out of clay in East Asia, in both China and Japan.  In 2009 shards of pottery dating back 18,000 years were unearthed in a cave in Hunan province, southern China. This early pottery was made by just pushing a hole into a ball of clay, or by making a long snake of clay and coiling it up into a pot shape, and this is still how it works today. 

Potter with clay - Being At The Cottage

Playing around with clay involves both left and right brains. The left brain focuses on the discipline and perseverance required to achieve one’s objectives while the right brain creates and associates, stretching the imagination.  Using clay promotes a holistic left and right brain workout.

Bake Bread

Kneading bread dough - Being At The Cottage

It can be inspiring and calming to make your own bread.  The act of mixing ingredients is soothing. The repetitive action of kneading is meditative.  This is because you don’t have to actively think if you don’t want to – you just do. There are few opportunities for multi-tasking while you knead. Immerse yourself in the rhythm, let go and be in the moment.

Sketch and Paint

Create - A pot full of paint brushes

Dabble with water colour washes, smudge charcoal and pastel impressions or try your hand at delicate pen and ink interpretations.   Creating art stimulates communication between various parts of the brain and accesses the sub-conscious. Creative imagination will be stimulated and ideas begin to flow.

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Pablo Picasso

STAY – Click & Choose Your Retreat

Picture of robin singing, getting in touch, being at the cottage

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