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There’s a Subscription for That: DIY Pottery

Jeanne Sager
ByJeanne SagerOct 21, 2021 | 0 comments

There’s a Subscription For That is a series spotlighting subscriptions the team at My Subscription Addiction finds interesting and is excited to share with readers. 

Ever watched that pottery scene in that '90s movie Ghost and thought, "Hmm, I'd love to do that?" There's a subscription for that! Er, well, for the pottery part — no Patrick Swayze included, we're afraid. But Pottery With a Purpose does make it easy to make cool pieces of pottery right at home with deliveries every three months of new clay, tools, and instructions to make something of your very own.

Pottery With a Purpose was created by a woman named Sam Hoff who says she'd hit a "mental breaking point in the midst of the corporate rat race… and decided to do something about it." Pottery With a Purpose was born as a way to not just create something fun but also give subscribers a way to escape into art and (hopefully) release a little bit of that stress we all carry around with us.

The brand carries through on the theme of promoting self-care by donating a portion of its profits to mental wellness non-profits like The Trevor Project and the Anxiety and Depression Society of America. Plus its subscriptions can be set up so you get enough for just yourself or expanded to get enough clay and tools for 3 to 4 people, so you can make a night out of shaping clay with some pals.

In addition to their mental wellness mission Pottery With a Purpose is focused on sustainability, so the brand is plastic-free (even the packaging), uses natural earth paints, and even sends brushes made with vegan bristles and bamboo handles.

So how does it work? Subscribers can pick six-month or year-long subscriptions which kick off with a beginner kit to get started followed by deliveries every three months of Pottery With a Purpose's newest kit. There are two subscriptions to choose from.

The Details:

Air Dry Clay Kit:

  • Starts at $118 with free shipping in the US. Subscribers in Canada pay a shipping fee.
  • Because the clay is "air dry," you don't have to worry about taking it to a kiln to be fired. Once it's dry, it's ready!

Ceramic Clay Kit:

  • Starts at $110 with free shipping to the US and shipping available to Canada for a fee.
  • You can decorate with an underglaze and allow to dry OR find a local kiln to have your work fired to make the pottery waterproof/food-safe — Pottery With a Purpose provides a "kiln locator" to make it easier to find one in your neck of the woods.

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And let us know – would you like to sink your hands into some clay with a Pottery With a Purpose subscription?

Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager has strung words together for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. A writer, photographer, and social media geek, she lives in upstate NY with her family and too many pets.

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