Angels Among Us
Fran Coutinho working on her angel sculpture
by Nancy L. Drawe
April 15, 2009 — Carol Mecagni’s Pottery Class — squishy, gooey, wet clay all over your hands — under your fingernails, on your smock; that what it’s all about! Every Tuesday morning at 9:30 up at the Senior Center, a group of women get together to create their own special “works of art” by using clay formed into shapes by hand or by using the potters wheel.
Carol’s class is very popular and by no means is she a stranger at the senior center. She started by teaching an “Art Sampler” class to the seniors where each week would be something different such as watercolors, acrylics, still life and printmaking. She thought maybe working with clay would be a nice change for one week, but everyone liked it so much that they requested that pottery be offered as the weekly class.
Carol, who has been a
tapestry weaver for 20 years and a trained painter, was also the art
It took about three years to accumulate all the necessary tools and supplies to teach pottery at the center. The potter’s wheel was acquired by a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council in conjunction with the MA Cultural Council. The kiln was donated by Liz Eidlitz.
One of the seniors, Fran Coutinho, was having a great time working on her sculpture of an angel. “She’s just coming to life,” said Fran. Her son Paul asked if she could make an angel for him and since he had just moved into a new house, this was going to be a housewarming present.
Evangeline “Van” Karagianis, 91 years young, loves working with the clay. “It brings me back to my youth, said Van. “Nobody can scold you for playing in the mud. It feels good to get dirty again.” Fran, also 91, said she is a retired nurse and never liked getting her hands dirty. “Now I don’t care,” she said. She really likes working on figurines. “It’s a fun class,” she said.
If you’d like to try your hand at pottery, the class is every Tuesday morning at 9:30. The cost is only $2.00 and covers all supplies. You don’t have to have any kind of knowledge of working with clay—just shop up and Carol will get you started. Soon, you too will have your own special glazed pottery piece to show off to your family and friends!
That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me: Punkala@aol.com. Until next time, have a great week!
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