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This year, we’re introducing a new pottery program, giving our residents the opportunity to participate in the fine arts without leaving home.  Milwaukee Catholic Home has begun a 6 month membership with Murray Hill Pottery Works.  They provide the clay and fire the finished pieces, but it’s up to our residents to do the creating!  Geralynn from Murray Hill Pottery Works recently introduced the first project, creating clay roses.  Residents in the memory care suites in our Health and Rehabilitation Center were the first to give it a try, and the project has now been introduced all over campus.

Becky Prusko, our art therapist in the Health and Rehabilitation Center, says pottery work has a significant therapeutic impact.  “Working with clay has many benefits, including relaxation, alleviating perceptions of pain, building and maintaining hand strength, raising self-esteem, confidence, and creativity- all while having a nice time socializing with others around us!”  she said.

As the resident artists develop their skills and creative skills, the project possibilities are endless.  Keep your eyes open for possible items for sale at the Fall Bazaar!

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