Sculpting their first masterpieces

Posted April 21, 2013, at 2:23 p.m.
Last modified April 21, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.

While Lynda Flower was creating her own totem pole, Al Banfield was sculpting a head at the other end of the table.

“I always wanted to do sculptures,” said Banfield, “but I didn’t think I could do this.”

Like other students taking pottery classes at the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor, Banfield successfully created his first pottery “masterpiece.”

Each student had his or her own reason for trying pottery for the first time in their golden years.

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“My maiden name is Potter, so I always thought I should try pottery. It honestly reminds me of making mud pies as a kid,” Flower said with a smile.

The class of five was sitting around a large table working and chatting. But the conversation was about much more than clay projects. They were talking about their kids and grandkids. Vacations and moving. Living with their adult children. Everyday life.

They all had something in common and were forming friendships around the pottery table.

For those who are 60 and over, the Hammond Street Senior Center is a hub for learning, fitness, friendships, and fun.

“I love the sense of community,” said Mary Banfield during pottery class. “Everybody is just so positive and upbeat. It’s a great place to be.”

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