I found an interesting bit of research to further justify wasting time making pots.

Making art reduces stress hormones ... get potted

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todo el tiempo uno se esta escuchando , pero me pasa particularmente al estar frente al torno , que es mas nítido escucharme o proyectar imágenes, al principio pensé que ayudaba que el torno es de los que no hacen ni un gramo de ruido ,  creo que provoca concentración continua el torno y aunque se trabaje en automático, es decir haciendo una serie de piezas repetidas  , resulta gratificante y muy satisfactorio  por que los pensamientos son muy vividos . 

So Lawrence, you do need to justify the time and efforts spent squezing clay? :-)

For my part I knew since a long time that pleasing yourself is good for you and involves hormones hence is addictive.

I conclude that scientists needed a justification to spend some time on research :-)

Btw, I'm chemist by education... and now I enjoy squezing clay in all kinds of processes and enjoy also much of my time in formulating glazes. 

@Daniel Ramos : proyectar, focalisarse, concentrase, fabricar, todo eso es equivalente a meditar. Delante el torno o solo sentado. Za Zen.

I did no research on this topic, but my personal experience is that the reduction of stress depends on the initial stress level. I used to take pottery lessons once a week after work. Most of the time it was relaxing, but after a really bad day at work, I could not center the clay, my pots would fly off the wheel or fail in other ways, just increasing the stress. I am retired now and do not need any further reduction of stress :)

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