Starting a New Hobby

Anneliese Fox
3 min readMar 11, 2023
Curly Vase, approx. 8 inches tall, stoneware, white glaze. Photo by author

A friend of my husband texted recently that he was looking for a pottery wheel for his wife. He wondered if I had any good sources or advice.

Seriously, that’s not an easy question to answer without a lot more information. Like most tools, there’s a huge variation in cost, quality and capability. Since we were already out and about, we stopped at his shop (he’s a cabinetmaker) to learn more.

He was on the road, but his son was in the shop, which in this case actually got us closer to the story. He’d gotten his kids a toy pottery wheel, which mom played with while she visited the grandkids. Pottery would be a new hobby for her.

I am all for new hobbies. Most people, in my opinion, should go for a few more hobbies in their life. But I don’t believe that buying a pottery wheel is necessarily a good idea when it comes to starting to craft in clay.

In general, I don’t believe in investing a lot of money into tools for any new hobby. When just starting out, invest in education first. Take a class or a workshop. Learn using someone else’s tools. If you fall in love with the process, start investing in your own tool set.

In my case, I knew that I wanted to be a potter since I was a kid. I occasionally dabbled, but had neither the time nor the resources to get seriously into it. As I was approaching the gentle age…



Anneliese Fox

Writer of speculative fiction, programmer, artist in wood and clay, owner of Fox Computer Systems. My almost weekly blog follows what interests me at the moment