Despite kiln problems and clay under their fingernails, eight Lincoln County senior citizens are hooked on pottery.
This summer, seniors participating in pottery workshops created platters, birdfeeders and toadstool birdhouses.
The end result is work that is â€œso meticulous and so well done,â€ according to Mary Jane Howard, executive director of the Lincoln Arts Council.
To see for yourself, stop by the Lincoln Cultural Center, which will display the Lincoln County Senior Showcase until Sept. 6.
The show and workshop are a collaboration between the Lincoln Arts Council and the Lincoln County Senior Services.
For both of the groups, one of the projectâ€™s goals was to get seniors out and having fun.
â€œThrough this, hopefully they meet a friend that they can go and share time with,â€ said Marti Hovis, program and services coordinator at the Lincoln Senior Center.
The program was made up of two workshops, one at Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton and another at Bh Black Pottery in Denver.
Although this is the programâ€™s fourth year, it is its first with a workshop in the eastern end of the county.
And if Bobbie Black of Bh Pottery has anything to do with it, nor will it be the last.
â€œThey were really fun to work with and they were very eager to learn,â€ said Black.
Plans are currently being made to add a workshop in the western end of the county. Demand for the classes is certainly high enough accommodate workshops on all ends of the county.
During her class this July, participant Pinkie Mosteller did her best to explain the appeal.
â€œI tell you what,â€ she said. â€œLearning something new, meeting different people and seeing how pretty it looks.â€
Want to go? The Lincoln County Senior Showcase will be displayed at the Lincoln Cultural Center located at 403 E. Main St. in Lincolnton. The pottery will be on display through Sept 6 with a reception taking place at 10 a.m. on the last day. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call (704) 732-9044.
by Sarah Grano