When was the last time you sat and made something with your hands? Or labored over a work of art for hours? This is the mission of the Brookline Coop, Feet of Clay.
For the last 39 years, Feet of Clay has offered an open studio for members. “We take care of the grunt work here,” Owner Jenn Wyman said. The studio offers eight classes every eight weeks. “The beginners become regulars around here,” Wyman said.
Wyman said that starting out, people make heavy and awkward-shaped bowls and cups. After about six months of dedication, students become more proficient and make lighter, more elegant pieces. That dedication takes a long time and is very therapeutic.
“The initial process is very awkward at first,” Wyman said. “You have to learn patience. On the one hand, it’s a very frustrating process. On the other, it’s addicting.”
Wyman said that many professionals come to the classes. “At first, people are pretty uptight,” Wyman said. “But they find the process to be pretty balancing.” The classes are usually for six to eight students, making a very intimate environment, while creating tangible gifts. “Classes are social, not serious,” Wyman said. “It’s a great environment to relax and create in.”
There are 20 professional potters who use the studio to make the material they sell at craft fairs near by. The artists have keys to the studio and can come and go as they please.