They're the perfect workday stress reliever. 

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated October 26, 2017
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Pottery has seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the past few years, and lucky for us, many modern ceramicists are using social media to give the world a first-hand look at their process. From watching a bowl take shape on a potter’s wheel, to seeing a huge vase get dunked in a vat of glaze, to admiring a mug as it’s painted by hand, Instagram is full of skilled ceramicists generously sharing their craft.

You don’t need a potter’s skills to appreciate watching this artform in action. Even if you’ve never made so much as a pinch pot before, there’s something mesmerizing and instantly calming about seeing these masterpieces take shape. When you’re looking for some new material for your workday afternoon break (those cute corgi videos can wait), the options below have the potential to become your new favorite stress relievers.

After spotting ceramicist Valeri Aleksandrov’s work on Design Milk, we can’t help but watch the hypnotizing process shared on his Instagram account. Using specialized carving tools, he carefully scrapes away layers of clay to create stunning textural designs.

Aleksandrov is also the social media director for Forest Ceramic Co., owned by Sean Forest Roberts and based on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington state. Each swipe of the blade reveals another layer of rainbow.

Watching Brooklyn-based ceramicist Helen Levi at work on a desert planter, we can’t tell which is more entrancing: the pretty marbled pattern or those gorgeous ribbons of scrap clay.

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This video by ceramicist Lucy Fagella proves that wax resist and a big bucket of glaze is one of the most captivating combinations ever.

After a quick dunk in water, a huge ceramic piece gets dipped in glaze by artist Catherine White.