Putting the “Pot” in Pottery: Seth Rogen’s Been Making Ceramics

If you, like me, watched this video clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live! At Home wanting to know more about Seth Rogen’s not-so-recent hobby, you’ll know just how I disappointed I was by how little time (<5 minutes) was spent discussing it.

The phenomenon of celebrities making ceramics is not a new one – among the other celebrities that have been recognized as pottery enthusiasts are James Franco, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio. However, I don’t think it’s been talked about enough.

Or maybe it has, and I missed it, despite being glued to my computer and phone for the past three months.

Either way, I thought it would be a fun idea to do a roundup of Seth Rogen and his pottery for those of us who haven’t been keeping up with the celebrity news. I am also partially motivated by a need for other people to be as jealous as I am that he has not one but three pottery wheels and a kiln at his house! Oh, to be rich.

Here’s an older video of Rogen talking about his hobby:

And here are some photos of his work taken from his Instagram:

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I got vases for days-es.

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Their kiln is named “Brad Pitt.” No big deal.

Even though there’s nothing especially groundbreaking about a celebrity making pottery, seeing Seth Rogen’s work both warms my heart and breaks it. It warms it because it has a sort of humanizing effect for a celebrity to be doing something that even I could do; it breaks it because I now know that he has been able to dedicate time and energy (and money) into his craft and now he is producing far, far better pots than I ever will. Alas.

#PotteryWeek on Twitter!

Over the last few months there have been some ongoing ‘challenges’ which have allowed participants from all over the globe to contribute their favorite photos of objects, museums, archaeological sites, etc. The first one that I was only (regretfully) marginally aware of was #MuseumsUnlocked on Twitter.

I had seen people posting with the hashtag for weeks and it never even occurred to me that this could be something I could contribute to, because my mind has been stuck in a mindless scrolling loop since self-isolation began in mid-March. One of the days was even dedicated to ceramics! However, a solution finally materialized this week, the answer to all our ceramicist prayers.

Newly minted this week was #PotteryWeek.

Throughout the week, different people across Twitter have contributed images of their favorite pieces of pottery – from archaeological ceramics to homemade pottery and beyond. So many different research and general interests have been highlighted this week, like this before-and-after shot of a vessel that was reconstructed:

Or this black-slipped fragment of Central Gaulish ware:

And several works by a personal favorite of mine, Graham Taylor, who specializes in making replicas of ancient works:

My very first post of the week featured my proudest ceramic accomplishment – the very first pot I ever managed to attach a handle to, and it received a lot of heart-warming feedback.

This was my second time taking an introductory-level pottery-throwing course at a local pottery studio, and I managed to hone my skills a bit more than the first time around (although I had definitely gotten rusty in the year and a half that had elapsed between courses).

I also highlighted other aspects of my journey with studying ceramics, including the pot that got me into grad school (a red-figure amphoriskos depicting the seduction of Helen of Troy by Paris), a ceramic petrology course I took at the Fitch Laboratory of the British School at Athens in May 2019, a mug and bowl set I got on a trip to Thasos from a local potter last summer, and a set of askoi depicting similar painted scenes from an exhibition on imitation in ancient art at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

I hope that this is something that can be normalized (in addition to #MuseumsUnlocked) even once this COVID-19 pandemic has subsided and we can get on with our lives again.

Sure, people would probably just go back to posting their photos whenever they want, but it would be nice to have themed challenges like this (annually? biannually?) to bring out aspects of the ancient/museum/archaeological/pottery world that people would have otherwise overlooked.