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Puttering away at pottery class can be a therapeutic pursuit

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THINK pottery, and the infamous scene from the movie Ghost may come to mind -- the one where the characters played by Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze share a romantic moment while shaping wet clay on a pottery wheel to the Righteous Brothers' anthem, Unchained Melody.

In reality, making pottery probably won't automatically include such an interlude, says Lida Zurawsky. But it is certainly therapeutic.

And contrary to how it looks, throwing pottery (pulling clay vertically on a pottery wheel) can be a challenge.

"Throwing can be frustrating," explains Zurawsky, who teaches pottery at the East End Cultural and Leisure Centre. Her mini pottery wheel class starts Oct. 29. "It looks easy when someone else is doing it, but getting your hands to tame the clay can be frustrating.

"But it can be relaxing."

One of Zurawsky's favourite clay-based activities is tile making. The University of Manitoba fine arts student starts teaching that class Nov. 3.

"There's so much you can do with tiles, so many surface decorations you can draw on clay. I'm really excited about the class," she says.

Think you have to be a pro to get into such intricate crafting? Zurawsky says experienced or not, you'll benefit from her classes.

"I have a good mix of both experienced and inexperienced people," she says. "It's neat. I can pair people up."

Zurawsky also teaches kids' pottery classes.

The East End Cultural and Leisure Centre, located at 575 Larsen Ave., also offers unsupervised drop-in pottery workshops on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information on pottery classes, see the City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide or call the East End Cultural Centre at 986-3445.

PHOTO MIKE DEAL/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 22, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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