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Updated: 03/13/2013 08:05:59AM

Pottery Studio fires up love of art

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY DON SHIREY

Sandy Whitley, Laurie Hayes and Jan Hollingsworth are the three owners of The Potters Studio at the Bal Harbor Plaza in Punta Gorda.

HERALD PHOTO BY MARILYN THORNDYCRAFT

A toad house and fairy house were created by Joyce Scaccianoce.

HERALD PHOTO BY MARILYN THORNDYCRAFT

Sandy Whitley stands beside a kiln at the studio.

HERALD PHOTO BY MARILYN THORNDYCRAFT

Arlene Sofranco fashions a bowl on a pottersÂ’ wheel at the studio.

HERALD PHOTO BY MARILYN THORNDYCRAFT

Arlene Sofranco fashions a bowl on a pottersÂ’ wheel at the studio.

Marilyn Thorndycraft writes about the art scene in Punta Gorda. Email her at tcraft1@embarqmail.com.

By MARILYN THORNDYCRAFT

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Although the three owners of The Potters Studio at the Bal Harbor Plaza in Punta Gorda come from very different backgrounds, they are united by their love of pottery.

Laurie Hayes was an executive with GE. Jan Hollingsworth was an occupational therapist. Sandy Whitley owned and operated a hotel. The three women all found their way to Punta Gorda after retiring and each, deciding to try something new, signed up for pottery classes at the Visual Arts Center.

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