Ceramics classes expand at senior complex

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 2, 2000

Features Editor

Add a little water to clay and it expands. Add a lot of enthusiasm to a ceramics class and it does the same.

Because of growing interest in both the beginning and advanced ceramics classes at the Colley Senior Complex, the workroom has gotten too small and the classes are having to move downstairs to accommodate all of those who want to take the popular classes.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Mary Ann Casey, director of the senior center, said the ceramics classes, like the quilting bees of years gone by,

serve a dual purpose. They teach a useful art form and they also provide a setting for fun and fellowship.

"It’s amazing to see the transformation of some of our people who come here," Casey said. "When they get involved in their ceramics projects, they seem to forget about their aches and pains and their troubles. They move outside themselves and begin to feel better, look better and their attitudes improve. It’s just amazing."

Cleo Thompson agreed that ceramics is a fun way to relax and forget your worries.

"I just love the class," she said.

"I enjoy learning about textures and colors and I especially like making unique gifts for my children and grandchildren. The ceramic pieces I give them will be something to remember grandma by."

For Jane Hamrick, making a ceramics piece is an accomplishment in which she can take pride.

"It’s exciting to me to complete a piece," she said. "I know that you can go to a store and buy ceramic pieces, but there’s something very special about something you make yourself. It’s very rewarding."

The ceramics classes meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 1 o’clock and at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes are open to seniors 55 and over.

"We have 50 plus enrolled in the classes now and we welcome anyone who would like to join us," Casey said. "Walk-ins are fine but it would be helpful to call so that we can make sure to have supplies available. Some beautiful and useful pieces are being turned out.

We are all getting excited about making pieces for the upcoming holiday seasons. Now is a good time to get started in a class."

Casey said no experience is necessary.

"Even if you have never worked with pottery in any way, you will be successful in making something wonderful on your very first try," she said.

The Colley Senior Complex ceramics workshop now has molds of its own and a kiln so the students are able to do more things on-site.

Anyone who is interested in the ceramics classes should call 808-8500 for more information or stop by and visit the senior complex on Elm Street.