Pinch Pots

On Tuesday we led a lunchtime “art-break” for the inpatient hospital nurses and support staff. Over the lunch hour, about 16 staff members joined for a few minutes at a time to create a clay pot and enjoy a few minutes of quiet and creativity amidst their busy workdays. These highly skilled medical professionals loved the process of creating  simple containers with their hands.

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Sponsored by Tracy’s Kids and the GUH Department of Pastoral Care, the workshop included pizza for lunch as well. The pots will be used at the upcoming Pediatric Interfaith Memorial Service to be held November 10 at Georgetown to honor the children who have died in our care. Each family in attendance will receive a pinch pot to take home, crafted by a staff member who cared for their child, filled with a paperwhite flower bulb ready to bloom near the holidays.

Archaeologists believe that the pinch pot was the first type of container people ever made of clay. There are centuries’-old traditions of pinch pots in Native American and Japanese culture, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We love teaching this age-old technique and creating a little space for busy medical professionals to rest,  recharge their batteries, and create a little gift for very dear families.