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These DIY pottery kits let you break down mental health barriers while you create

WORDS BY EMMA ANVARI

Less tech, more tears, filthy hands and a clear mind.

Have you found yourself longing to disconnect, in need of a mental break, but unsure what to do? Well, a DIY pottery kit might just be exactly what you need. 

Designed by and for millennials, Crockds pottery kits are made to help you and your friends (or maybe even a date) work through your stress while breaking down barriers around mental health.

Each pack comes fully equipped with all the tools you’ll need to get messy and creative, as well as a pack of ‘clay-breakers’, which are question cards to help you get into the nitty-gritty topics without the fear of judgement or stigma.

For rookie artists or those lacking in creative flair, each kit also comes with step-by-step instructions to help you transform your living room into a ceramics studio. 

But don’t worry yourself too much about the rules, because these DIY kits are more about embracing imperfections and letting go – just like mental health, clay is raw, fluid and a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. 

Still not convinced? According to studies, creative outlets such as arts and crafts help to relieve stress, anxiety, boost self-esteem and can also create an emotional release for feelings such as fear, sadness and anger. 

Art not only helps to relax your body and mind, but it also triggers your body’s internal reward system by releasing the feel-good chemical dopamine throughout your body. 

The Crockd prices range from $80 for two people to $120 for up to four budding artists, and there is also the cheaper option to bulk buy kits for groups over 10. 

Unfortunately, you can’t fire your clay creations at home, but the Crockd website has all the up-to-date information you’ll need to find local kilns all across Australia for your master- or not-so-masterpiece creation. 

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