Pottery Workshops for Seniors


Having a play with some clay is on many people’s ‘bucket list’ but they may not have had the opportunity to actually try pottery. Firing Time offers pottery workshops for seniors in their home environment which removes any concern about transportation or accessibility.

Photographer David Gibson caught up with Firing Time, when Melanie visit seniors at Palisade Gardens in Cobourg. Here’s a link to David’s report at snapd Northumberland.

The Benefits

Research has shown there are many benefits to using pottery as a therapeutic tool for many conditions. These are just some of the benefits:

  • Pottery helps maintain cognitive, emotional, social and physical fitness
  • Pottery Increase hand eye co-ordination (which is beneficial for sufferers of stroke)
  • Pottery reduces anxiety , depression and helps with bi-polar disorder
  • Pottery often benefits those with visual impairments (very tactile)
  • Pottery creation Improves self-esteem
  • Pottery making Increases mental functioning and concentration
  • It’s relaxing and encourages positive energy
  • And IT’S FUN!!

How can I book a pottery session?

The one-hour session includes a demonstration, tools, clay and help is on hand for the residents. It also includes firing of the masterpieces! A minimum of 10 participants are needed. There is a pottery class booking fee of $30 for the session (plus HST) to secure the booking.

You can decide whether to pay for this or the participants themselves.

Each participant will cost $8. Minimum charge $110 per workshop plus HST

For areas outside Cobourg, a small charge will be made for petrol and time. Up to 10km from Firing Time is included.

  • 10-20km a charge of $10
  • 20-30km a charge of $25
  • 30-40km a charge of $40

All payments to be made on the day of workshop.