Hey there fellow potters! Today we’re going to talk about an important topic that might not come to mind when we think about pottery making – sustainability! As artists, we have a unique opportunity to create beautiful objects while minimizing our impact on the environment. Here are some ways you can reduce your carbon footprint:
Choose eco-friendly materials – When selecting the materials that will go into your pieces, opt for natural clays and glazes. Avoid synthetic materials that can harm the environment during production and disposal.
Reuse and recycle – Get creative with your scraps! Instead of tossing out left-over clay or glaze, see if you can use it in a new project. And when it comes to packaging and shipping, choose eco-friendly options like recycled paper or biodegradable materials.
Energy-efficient firing – Firing your pieces is one of the most energy-intensive parts of the process. Make sure to fire only when your kiln is full to maximize each load, and consider investing in an efficient kiln that uses less energy.
Reduce your water usage – Pottery making can use a lot of water, but there are plenty of ways to cut back. Try reusing water for cleaning tools and equipment, and consider installing low-flow faucets and toilets in your studio.
Support sustainable practices – Look for suppliers and manufacturers that are committed to sustainable practices. When we support eco-friendly businesses, we help promote a greener future for everyone.
By incorporating these tips into your pottery practice, you can help minimize your carbon footprint and create beautiful pieces that are as environmentally-friendly as they are functional. And hey, who knows? Maybe you’ll even inspire others in the industry to do the same – together, we can make a difference!