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Pottery Club thrives on creativity, friendship

SUN CITY CENTER - With hands full of clay, and beaming smiles, the members of the Potter’s Wheel are unique. The club, open to all Community Association members, was established in 1976 with 18 charter members. The group currently has more than 50 members and thrives on one another’s energy and creativity. Marylou Underwood, a member for more than 20 years, enjoys being around the group. “Free expression in pottery has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of this club,” she said.
The studio is located at the main campus entrance of Cherry Hills Drive and is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The classes run from fall through spring and annual dues are $15 per person. The purpose of the Potter’s Wheel Club is to provide a creative learning environment in which to practice the art of pottery. The volunteer teaching staff, with a combined 40 years of experience, offers expert instruction in techniques including hand building, wheel throwing and glazing. “I joined the Potter’s Wheel Club after a studio tour and saw the many talented potters,” said member Regina Schafer. “I needed a creative outlet and couldn’t have found a better source of talent and friendship.” The studio is equipped with state-of-the-art tools of the trade including nine wheels, a slab roller and four kilns. Pottery made in the studio is for personal use or donated. Local charities include Samaritan Services Inc. and the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. Social events include casual gatherings in the studio, local pottery-related field trips and dining out. For more information call the studio at (813) 642-2074.

Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at [email protected]

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