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Pimlico’s pottery party

16 June, 2017

Chelsea Pensioners enjoying the exhibition celebrations at Cave on Wednesday

It was quite the party at Cave in Pimlico this week, as a new exhibition was launched showcasing the clay creations of care home residents.

The venue in Tatchbrook Street, which is part event space, part gallery, part second-hand furniture store, played host to dozens of clay artefacts – from clay bowls and vases, to intricate gargoyles, the Queen with her corgis and even a model of Battersea Power Station.

The show, known as Many Old Hands Make Great Work, was curated by freelance potter Emily Hall, who visits care homes to teach the creative skill. The show was one of the first events held at Cave, which is run by Pimlico artist Karen Turner, since it reopened after a flood hit at Christmas.

Ms Hall told Diary: “It was really lovely, the pensioners came on Wednesday and they got a massive reception from the nearby pubs – they were cheering them on and buying them drinks. They also bought about a million scones from the Cakehole café in Cave garden, so they were well looked after.”

As for the benefits of pottery, Ms Hall said it was great not only for those who want to learn a new skill, no matter what their age, but also for people with conditions such as dementia or those who have suffered a stroke.

The exhibition, which closes today (Friday), formed a part of London Creativity and Wellbeing week.

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