Have you got a hobby? I have – pottery. I’ve done it since I was quite little because my uncle and aunt are potters, and whenever we went to visit them on holiday I always played on the pottery wheel.
I’ve only really become more serious about pottery since about 2008, when I decided to join an evening class. Then, last year, I bought my own potter’s wheel, so I can make pots at home now.
I’ve made lots of different things over the years. When I started, I made some very strange, heavy little bowls. But little by little, I’ve managed to make thinner bowls, and I’ve just made a set of bowls that we use for breakfast every day. I’ve also made lots of mugs. These are getting better too – the first ones were really heavy even before you put coffee in them! My neighbour’s just asked me to make a set of mugs for her, and I’ve sold quite a few to friends.
When I first started, I used to put a ball of clay on the wheel, and then I had absolutely no control over it. Sometimes it became a bowl, sometimes a plate, maybe a mug, and often I had to throw it away – it was always quite a surprise! Thankfully I have improved since then, as I can now decide what I want to make before I start making it. I have learnt to control the clay to make the shape I want. I have also started making bigger things like jugs and serving bowls, and more difficult things like teapots. I haven’t sold any teapots yet, but my kitchen is getting very full so I think I’ll need to start selling them soon!
A hobby is a leisure activity that people do for fun or recreation. People do it because they like it.
Arts and crafts[change | change source]
Some people do arts and crafts. They make clothing or decorations with their hands. Some popular arts and crafts that involve textiles or fabrics include crocheting, sewing (making clothing), embroidery, knitting, and quilting.
Some people like to do hobbies that involve making images on paper, such as scrapbooking, painting, and drawing. Some people like to make three-dimensional decorations using clay or wood, in the hobbies of pottery, sculpture, wood carving, and woodworking.
Some other arts include movie-making, photography, and musical hobbies such as singing, playing musical instruments, and writing songs.
Games and puzzles[change | change source]
Some people enjoy hobbies such as playing games or solving puzzles. Games include board games such as chess, card games, and newer games such as wargaming and role-playing games. Popular puzzles include jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles.
Reading and learning[change | change source]
Some people enjoy spending their time readingbooks, magazines, and newspapers, or writing stories or in a diary. Other people enjoy learning foreign languages by taking classes, or doing research, such as genealogy.
In the 2000s, many people have Internet-based hobbies, such as editing Wikipedia, writing their own blogs, or having online discussions in Newsgroups or online forums. Some people enjoy computer activities, such as computer programming, learning about open source software, or playing computer games. Some people enjoy learning about electronics such as doing amateur radio broadcasts or building robots.
Hobbies in the home[change | change source]
Some people enjoy working on their home and learning how to repair their home by themselves, without hiring repair people or plumbers. Some people enjoy learning how to repair motor vehicles, such as antique cars. Some people even build and repair sailboats in their backyard.
Many people have hobbies that they do in the kitchen, such as cooking for their guests and family, and making their own beer. Many people also have hobbies in their home that involve animals, such as keeping a pet animal, such as a dog, a cat, or tropical fish. Some people even learn about dog breeding.
Collecting[change | change source]
Collecting is a popular hobby in North America and in Europe. People enjoy finding interesting examples of different items and learning about them. Some of the well-known types of collecting include stamp collecting, coin collecting, video game collecting, trading cards such as baseball cards, and Pokémon cards. People also collect toys, books, comic books, and old records. Some people collect antiques and artwork, but these hobbies are more rare, because antiques and artwork are usually expensive.
A type of hobby that is related to collecting is model building. People who do model-building as a hobby collect small models which they build, paint, and then display. Some common types of model-building hobbies include model airplanes, model rockets, model ships, model cars, and model railways.
Outdoor activities and sports[change | change source]
Outdoor hobbies include bird feeding, birdwatching, canoeing, gardening, hiking, walking, and sports such as baseball, bowling, cycling, fishing, hunting, and sailing.
Other hobbies[change | change source]
Many people spend a lot of time in leisure activities that are not necessarily called hobbies. Some people disapprove of spending time on these activities. These activities include watching too much television, drinking alcohol, and taking illegal drugs.