Noted purse enthusiast Seth Rogen has embraced a new hobby of late, and no, it’s not weed (although yes, he did launch a cannabis brand this spring, thank you for asking.) Rogen’s latest flight of fancy is every whimsical Park Slope mom’s favorite form of stress release; ceramics.
Rogen confessed the details of his newfound obsession to GQ last month, saying, “There’s something that’s so therapeutic about it. It’s like yoga, if you got a thing at the end. If you were doing yoga and then some object was produced at the end of it.” Twitter has dunked on Rogen’s attempts, prompting a sad reply from the man himself, but let’s take a look at some of his work with a panel of actual ceramicists, shall we?
“These pots are as good as any beginner’s, and I don’t mean that as a dig!” exclaims Stephanie H. Shih, whose porcelain dumplings and sculpted groceries explore Asian-American nostalgia. “I love seeing the evolution of his ashtray idea as he experiments mixing wheel-thrown and hand-built techniques.”
“These are very clearly a first attempt,” agrees Kate Lindsay, a writer who studies ceramics at Gasworks and sells her wares at Issue 00. “The rightmost ashtrays have uneven rims, suggesting the clay was not properly centered on the wheel. He’s had trouble maintaining a matching structure for all of them (which is hard!) and keeping even pressure as he pulls up on the clay. The ones on the very left, however, appear to be hand-built, judging by their creases, and actually look nice! The two in the back are beyond hope, but the fact that he followed through all the way through glazing says something about his character that I think is nice.”