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Earning Pottery Badges

Hamilton (OH) – They do more than sell cookies.

A dozen Girls Scouts from troop #4513 visited the Fitton Center last week.

The troop - led by Erin Parks – attended a March 19 workshop conducted by Pottery Studio Manager Amanda Joy Phirman to earn Pottery Badges for its members.

“Those are fun workshops for the Girl Scouts and for us,” said Caroline Digiovenale, Assistant Director of Education and Outreach. “It’s a messy artform. The kids get to wear smocks and get dirty while they learn.

“For us, it’s fun to see their reactions when they first feel the wet clay spinning through their fingers. But once they get past that initial squishy feeling, they enjoy the hands-on experience.”

The 7- and 8-year-old second graders started the workshop working with slabs of clay before taking on the wheel and turning their slabs into small cups. Each girl also picked out a pair of colors for her creation; Phirman fired their pieces in the Fitton Center kilns and glazed them with their color choices to create their finished products.

“That’s always the most fun, seeing the girls see their finished art,” Digiovenale said. “It’s a long way from a gray square that’s basically two dimensional into a three-dimensional, colorful cup. They know – and can appreciate – how much effort goes into making something that seems so simple.”

Does your scout troop have any arts-related badges they’d like to pursue? Would your school group, civic club or volunteer organization like to learn a new skill in the arts?

Call Caroline at 513-863-8873 ext. 136 or write to for information on how to make that happen.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.


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