In a New York Times article “Pottery as Therapy: A Workshop to Revive Skills,” Barbara Delatiner writes about Hands on Clay, touted as the first pottery studio in the state of New York for physically challenged adults and children. Founder Randy Blume states, “I realized that when you focus just on the clay, you're distracted from your problems, especially if you're in distress. Best of all, clay is magical. There is no right or wrong. Whatever you produce helps increase a feeling of self-worth.”
Did I mention wheel throwing is fun? A lot of fun!
Reception to the workshops has been great. Here are a few of the reactions from our families:
- “He was very proud of himself. We framed and hung his tree painting. He was very excited!”
- “My son loves the instructors and the way he interacts with them while gaining this wonderful experience with art is most memorable. It is special! Thank you for giving my son this opportunity.”
- “He really enjoyed trying new things with the help of the instructor. He was able to be calm and stay on task to finish an art project.”
Our next workshops are April 23 and August 27. The cost is $20 per student and includes admission for the student and two accompanying adults, supplies, and facilitation with MOCA educators. We hope to see you there!