Residents make Christmas ornaments during Country Terrace clay-sculpting program

Their creations are being used to decorate the home’s Christmas trees

Country Terrace residents recently got to make clay Christmas ornaments during a unique program the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home recently hosted.

2Hands Clay, a local company offering clay-sculpting supplies and kiln services, provided all the items residents needed for the activity. The company’s owner dropped off the supplies and then collected residents’ ornaments, which were then fired in the kiln 2Hands Clay operates.

Working with the Country Terrace life enrichment team, 12 residents came up with their ornament designs then sculpted the clay they were provided to make the decorations. Residents then painted the ornaments, which were then ready to be fired in the kiln.

Country Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Lora Blackett says this program helped residents tap into their creative side, adding they came up with a wide range of designs for their ornaments.

“They made snowmen and snowflakes, one resident made a duck, whatever piqued their interest that day they made,” she tells The OMNIway.

Christine, the owner of 2Hands Clay, recently dropped off the finished ornaments, which are being hung on the Christmas trees that dot the home.

Lora says residents “loved” the program and the results it yielded.

“They thought it was a lot of fun and they would love to do it again,” she says.

Given the success the program garnered on its maiden run, Lora says she hopes to offer it a couple of times per year going forward.

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