Clay sculpting comes to Westmount Gardens

Residents tap into their creativity with an innovative program
4/7/2021  - Deron Hamel

Westmount Gardens residents have been trying their hand at clay sculpting through two activities that helped them tap into their creativity.

In December, the London, Ont. long-term care community connected with 2Hands Clay, a local company offering clay-sculpting supplies and kiln services, to help start a clay-sculpting program for residents.

2Hands Clay owner Christine dropped off supplies and design ideas for residents to follow. Residents moulded their designs and then coloured them with an acrylic paint.

Once residents’ projects were complete, Christine collected their art and baked them in a kiln.

The pilot program went over so well with residents that Westmount Gardens connected with 2Hands Clay again in February for another program.

This time residents were tasked to sculpt love-themed ladybugs in honour of Valentine’s Day, although one resident chose to make a mug and another made flowers.

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, large-group activities are currently suspended, so the program was split into smaller groups of residents to keep everyone safe. Each resident had their own materials to use.

The pandemic has made programming challenging at long-term care communities, and clay sculpting was an opportunity to do something that was both different and safe, says Westmount Gardens life enrichment manager Deb Lines.

“We wanted to bring a little bit of normality back to our lives,” Deb tells S&R Today. “We will probably look to do this again; the residents had so much fun.”

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