I try hard to make sure that I don't spend all my time on my computer. Whilst not easy in my field of work, I feel it is important to try to make things with my hands, regardless of how imperfect they are. Here's just a small taste of some of my hobbies.


One of my favourite exercises to avoid stress is pottery. Having done a few courses over the last few years its starting to be something I really enjoy. Occasionally I've even combined my pottery with candle making and given a gift of a homemade candle in a homemade pot. As of Apr 2023, I'm spending some time at Turning Earth and their studio, but I recommend Claytime as well.

Four pieces of pottery including a slab build
A pottery cylinder on the wheel
A glazed plate from pottery class

Soap & candles

A popular hobby with friends; I make soap and bath bombs. Using melt-and-pour soaps is an easy way to get started with this, and it is great and fun to investigate different styles and techniques of soap making. It makes your flat smell great and gives you a constant stream of good presents to give people!


I like trying new forms of art as something to unwind. I have tried subscribing to the art box Artful which is great – boxes include lino printing and india ink.

Cooking, baking, drinks

I've always been fascinated in making food and things like cocktails – perhaps it is a leftover from my background in chemistry. I like making new things, such as my own tonic water, macarons (which I'm trying to perfect), and water keffir.

Hiking and adventuring

I'm the first to admit I'm not the most adventurous person. However I do like hiking and going on trips around little areas of Germany. I grew up in the countryside and really miss seeing fields, and getting hopelessly lost...