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New Jersey Seniors Try Their Hand At Pottery

Seniors from Brandywine Living in Princeton try their hand at the pottery wheel at the Clay Pot in Spotswood. Credits: Stephanie Graber
Participants ranged in ages from 65 to 95. Credits: Stephanie Graber
Credits: Stephanie Graber

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - As the well-used proverb says, "You're never too old to learn something new." Recently, a group of seniors from Brandywine Living in Princeton put the adage to the test and had a blast.  On Friday, February 17, several seniors ranging in age from 65 to 95 paid a visit to the Clay Pot in Spotswood to try their hand at the pottery wheel. For many participants in the wheel experience, it was a first time adventure.

"It was enjoyable," said Audrey McDonald, a resident at Brandywine Living. "Such a rewarding feeling to make something this nice with my own hands."

As a part of the Clay Pot's wheel experience, participants receive an introduction to the pottery wheel and are given the opportunity to make a piece of their own, creating a vase, pencil holder, bowl or plate. The wheel experience workshop is designed to give a person a feel for pottery without having to commit to weekly classes.

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The experience was such a hit with the enthusiastic group of seniors that they will be back in the summer for a lesson in Raku. Raku is a pottery technique that originated in Japan back in the 16th Century. The process involves removing a piece from the kiln before the firing process is complete while the pottery is still red hot. Raku workshops are held at the Clay Pot in their outdoor Raku patio, which was specifically designed to allow participants to enjoy the entire Raku experience.

The Clay Pot is located at 290 Main Street in Spotswood and offers a host of classes and workshops for different age ranges.

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