Combining pottery with mental wellness
"Every piece of work make holds the spirit of our journey through life, and is a reflection of how we use clay to express our thoughts, hopes, and struggles. Through the physical touch we have with raw earth, we hope students will wake up and come to class full of appreciation for the life we have, celebrate the beauty of creation, and go forth to share love and gratitude with others."
This pottery studio is founded by Joan Huang with the mission to bring mental wellness to people through pottery making. With her background in Japanese Studies and Medicine, she brings together her pottery expertise and healthcare experience to promote the benefits of clay, ceramics, and pottery for mental health in Singapore.
Pottery is a sensory experience where one relishes the touch and feel. Joan discovered mental wellness through her own pottery making experiences. She realises that pottery allowed her to be isolated from the buzz and noise of the world, allowing her to find her own inner peace. It also gives her the sense of achievement whenever she finishes a piece, appreciating the texture, weight, thickness, design, reliving her from the stresses of work. Determined to bring the benefits of pottery to more people, she founded Center Pottery, our social enterprise arm, with a dedicated pottery curriculum.
The pottery curriculum is co-curated with 2 psychologists from Heart to Heart Psychotherapy and SportsPsych Consulting. Our curriculum is based on the 5Cs of: Composure, Confidence, Cope-ability, Cohesion and Concentration. Throughout the course of the pottery lessons, the potter teachers will reinforce these principles and point out reflective moments for students to better understand themselves.
Our 3Arts studio is also located within The Yards, which faces a large green field, allowing our students to stare into the nature and find their inner peace.
We believe that no matter where you are on this life's journey, Center Pottery x 3Arts is an invitation to discover yourself, and experience an art form that will transform you to the core, helping you center your mind and spirit and find tranquility. There are valuable lessons to learn from pottery and it is our mission to take you on that journey.
With our experienced teachers at 3Arts studio, including Master Potter Tom, with over 20 years of experience making and teaching pottery, we cater to and connect with individuals and potters from various stages of their pottery-making journey. Be it curious beginners wanting to get their first taste of ceramics, or seasoned potters looking to further hone their craft, we hope to build and grow a community of potters who might come from very different walks of life, but share the same common love for the craft. We hope our studio would inspire people to fall in love with pottery making while discovering their inner peace and improve their mental wellness.
We combine the science of modern psychology and clay art into a mental health curriculum. It is designed to improve mental health and well being in Singapore through pottery and is suitable for general public and mental health patients.
We believe in positivity; to redirect all the negative energy and to see the beauty in all imperfections. Our objective is to create a warm atmosphere where all our students can come to learn and develop their skills in confidence.
Everything is about the journey; about the process of turning a simple piece of clay to something that represent a piece of yourself in this world. The inner peace and focus you take away from pottery will support you on your life journey and significantly benefit your mind and body.
Dedicated to do Good
We believe in doing good and giving back to our society. This is why sales of our handmade ceramic wares go towards funding of special programs to help patients, elderly, underprivileged and many more. Also, we subsidized rates for diagnosed patients to help them in their recovery.