You have probably heard us say, or seen us write about the proven therapeutic benefits of painting pottery or claywork.
We don’t need research to tell us what you guys tell us often...how relaxing it has been to paint, how it has helped you clear your mind, reduce your stress and even that the sole reason for your visit has been to take some time out from the hustle and bustle of a busy mind.
However, it’s always great to see current research showing the continued and increasing awareness of the benefits a visit can have.
Almost 50,000 people took part in the BBC Arts Great British Creativity Test, and we have been waiting for the results revealed today at the Get Creative Festival.
Emotions and wellbeing
The research offers evidence that there are cumulative benefits from regular creative activity and trying new things, but we are also really pleased to see this report also highlights the emotional benefit to even a single session!
Over three quarters of participants use creative activity as a distraction tool. This can be particularly helpful for those with long term health conditions, whether physical or emotional, aiding stress reduction and easing anxiety...no matter your age or needs.
Self development tool
Looking to build inner-strength or boost self-esteem? Over two thirds of participants use creative activity to do this. This can be just as useful for children as it is for adults. For example, during a pottery painting season, when even the youngest of children is given the freedom to choose colours, pick out design tools and make positive choices for themselves, this aids their develooement by boosting confidence and independence.
A little contemplation
We know that visitors often come here with the sole purpose of allowing themselves time to reflect, whilst enjoying the activity itself. We are always pleased to know that you can be so comfortable here as to be confident to make that visit alone; feeling welcome and confident without need to be part of a couple or group.
The research shows that over half of respondents do the same...use creative activity to give themselves head space and reflect on a personal situation.
‘Live creative activity’
I think we all know someone who loves to create at home, maybe knitting or using colouring books and even virtual activities using online platforms. This too can be a great release, but the research shows that the social interaction and participating in ‘live’ group events can have a greater impact on overall health and wellbeing.
This doesn’t have to be pushing yourself outside your comfort zone to join in on an adult night or family group event...being here as an individual but in the social environment of the studio, maybe interacting with the team and other visitors can be just as valuable.
The benefits to novelty-try something new!
We were also interested to see the suggestion that even the most creative amongst you will still benefit from trying something creative that is new to you.
You may be an avid painter, a feltworker or creative writer...evidence points to the benefits plateauing after 10 years of the same activity. Pottery painting is a different skill to watercolour painting, for example, just as claywork is a different activity skill from model building.
I guess what we are taking away from this, is that whether you are a self-proclaiming to be the ‘least creative person in the building’ or whether you have been an avid arts and crafts fan for as long as you can recall...trying something new has its real bonuses!
Fun! Let’s not forget the fun!
Of course all this is wonderful news....to have more up to date results to demonstrate all of the above. But let’s face it...often the simple fun of it is enough to brighten the day! I don’t think many visitors would deny that pottery painting is a bundle fun!
There is nothing nicer than standing back and hearing the giggles, chatter and atmosphere of the studio; seeing families spend quality time together; watching friends catch up after time apart; seeing first-dates live in action; seeing kids delight in their efforts; knowing independent visitors can feel confident to just be here and enjoy...we don’t need results to tell us what we have the privilege of being part of every day.
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We hope to see you soon.
You can see the BBC article relating to the research here