The origins of the art of pottery are lost in the mists of time.

In Egyptian Mythology, Khnum, the god of creation, also called the Potter God, gave life to living beings by shaping them with clay.

In Greek mythology, Prometheus, on the orders of Zeus, created man from clay and then gave him wisdom.

In the Bible, God created the first man, Adam, in a similar way.

Does the creation of man by modeling clay have a symbolic meaning? Probably yes. Be that as it may, the myths indicate that the art of pottery is very ancient. Probably, man invented pottery when he began to cook food.

Today, we attended a pottery class in Youngcheun, near the city of Daegu, Korea. The teacher was very good and also patient. I did my best to shape a mug. To do this, I kneaded some clay, flattened it, and then rolled it around the lathe.

The pottery class was funny and relaxing. Like when you paint, you must not be in a hurry while modeling an object. This calms your brain and mind, and reduce your anxiety.

Don’t you think some of the rulers of the world should take a pottery class to calm down?

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily (English version)

A Hidden Sicilian History (English version)

The Vibrations of Words (English version)

Travels of the Mind (English version)

– Una Storia Siciliana Nascosta (versione in lingua italiana)

– Viaggi della Mente (versione in lingua italiana)


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