There is something romantic about ceramics. It could be the long tradition (the oldest known form of ceramics was found in a cave 20,000 years ago), the beauty of creating something from earth, or it could just be this one scene in Ghost. It's damn … pretty. Whatever makes it so attractive, there is still something to admire – the professional care for the tool that is most valuable to a ceramist: your hands.
A ceramist's hands can tell them what their eyes can't – the plasticity of the clay, the bearings of the air bubbles, and the areas that require a little more attention. For this reason, many artists have to moisturize their skin, but not soft, robust, but not tough. If your life doesn't include a 2,000-degree oven in the corner of your open office or wet hands for an entire workday, there may well be an overactive radiator and a large pile of dishes in the sink. That means everyone can benefit from a good recommendation for hand cream, and you're in luck because eight ceramists paused to create their beautiful works of art (which are fully featured below) to share their absolute favorites.
The classic cream
"As a ceramic artist, I wash my hands all the time and then coat them with moist clay or build up a dry clay on my skin. The permanent lotion is essential. I have neurodermatitis and I am too sensitive for most lotions, but I love Cetaphil and buy two or three large tubs at a time. I leave some at work and some at home, and I've mixed some with lavender oil in a small glass in my purse. It's pretty much all I use on my body and hands. "- Danielle Clare Pomorski
Photo courtesy of @dcpceramics.
The oil that is actually a cream
“If I don't moisturize regularly, my knuckles become very hard like elephant skin, and then they start to peel off. In deep winter I use Korean hand masks. Goe Oil is my favorite cream and I always have it with me. It smells amazing of herbs and is thick, but sinks. It also lasts for a few hours, which is rare for a cream. At home or at night I used this "raw magic" that a friend gave me. It is a fluffy blend of shea butter and coconut oil. I love that it's so pure. "- Michelle McLaughlin
Photo courtesy of @calyerceramics.
The natural wonder
"I use Shikai Yuzu hand and body lotion for my hands. I love the yuzu fragrance – it's light and citrusy, and the lotion is absorbed very quickly and my hands don't feel greasy, which is a big annoyance for me. I'd rather have cracked hands than greasy hands … It's also really good quality, natural ingredients like apricot and avocado oil at an affordable price. "- Zoe Dufour
Photo courtesy of @saypience.
The drugstore's favorites
“Hand care is so important for those of us who work with clay and plaster. I always intend to wear gloves, but that's not really practical – I find them more frustrating and distracting than helpful. At the moment my favorite lotions are Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion and Eucerin Unscented Advanced Repair Hand Cream. The Aveeno is ideal as an everyday lotion – it is light, dries quickly and is very moisturizing. Eucerin is great after working with my hands for a while – I find it more healing when my hands really need extra care. "- Jennifer D & # 39; Arbenzio
Photo courtesy of @jen_darbenzio.
The one who heals too
“When you work in the ovens and in a hot environment, your skin really dries out. So (I drink) a lot of water and before I go to the studio, I always apply my facial serum, moisturizer and sunscreen. I use Moon Valley Organics Herbal Heal for my hands. Their combination of organic beeswax, rosehip oil, comfrey and calendula, which are natural antibacterial ingredients, helps with wound healing and increases cell production in the skin. For me it's like putting oil on my tools and giving them extra love. They are the only ones I have and I need them to last as long as possible. "- Fernanda Uribe-Horta
Photo courtesy of @fernanda___uribe.
The ITG fan favorite
“When my skin cracks or my hands get harder, it's harder to feel what's going on with the clay when I'm throwing or building. I have to feel the material, so I take care of it alone. I swear at Weleda Skin Food. I've tried several things, but I think that's the best. Everything is natural, it smells very good and it always worked. They have not changed the formula and are now working to reuse their packaging. That's a good thing. "- Michael Gundlach
Photo courtesy of @mdgceramics.
The one that is meant for feet
"I love the working hands of the O & # 39; keeffe balm. I use this after cleaning my tools and the studio. I also use a heel balm cream called Flexitol when I find my hands so dry that they crack. I use it at night and wear cotton gloves so that it absorbs. It contains urea and makes the dry cracks somehow disappear. I was also instructed by (a colleague) to put petroleum jelly on my hands and let them run under cold water before touching the Potter's wheel work, it acts as a barrier protection for the hands. ”- Jessy Go
Photo courtesy of @femmesole.
The one who smells best
"My favorite hand cream is not a hand cream at all! It is the Malin + Goetz Meadowfoam Oil Balm, a multi-balm. It is based on oil and is therefore a little richer than most hand creams. As soon as I leave the ceramics studio, I will slide out a penny and let the product dissolve in my hands while I rub it in leisurely. In my experience, this is the best time to use the balm – if your hands are dry enough after washing but not dried out. The scent is orgasmic. It's not just a hand balm, you can use it on your lips, on your face as a subtle highlighter, on your hair, absolutely anywhere! "- Christian Nguyen
Photo courtesy of @chrissstttiiine.
– Alexandra Genova
Main photo about ITG.