These DIY Kits Let You Create Your Own Pottery At Home

published Jul 30, 2021
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Handmade pitcher next to dried grass stems
Credit: Sculpd

If you’re on the hunt for a creative, relaxing hobby that lets you use your hands and create something from scratch — something you can actually display in your home, that is —consider pottery.

One startup brand is making at-home pottery affordable, accessible, and enjoyable to potters of all skill and experience levels. Dreamed up by a group of friends during the earliest days of the COVID-19 lockdowns last year, Sculpd offers a slew of home pottery kits designed to not only reinvent the art of pottery as most people know it, but also to “facilitate mental and emotional well-being in the process.”

After all, working with your hands on a pottery project is a proven stress-buster and soothing, yet engaging creative outlet.

Offering both clay pottery sets and paint sets, first-timers and newbies will want to start with the Pottery Starter Bundles ($84), in either pastel or classic acrylic shades. Included is “all the materials, tools and guidance you’ll need to create functional and usable pottery pieces from home,” notes the description. “Popular creations include plant and cactus pots, trinket dishes, dried flower vases, animal and body sculptures and everything in between.”

Each Starter Bundle comes with 2kg (4.4 lbs) of air-dry clay, which is enough for two people to create two pots or pieces each. Pieces will be fully dry after 24 hours, and there’s no need for a kiln or oven, since the clay dries naturally.

There’s also the Sculpd Pottery Kit ($59), you’ll get all the necessary materials for two people to create four or more pinch pots or two larger plant pots, with plenty of clay left over for any finishing touches.

If you’re hosting a home pottery party, you can snag the Mini Pottery Kits, which are $30 each with a minimum purchase of three, or the Summer Pottery Evening Bundle ($169), a set that includes clay, tools, paint, sealant, and pottery guidance to suit 6 to 8 people. The creators also host free virtual workshops so that makers can tune in from anywhere in the world and get a live tutorial as they work.