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February 12, 2018
Moments and Memories
Fridays, Friends, and Family
Written by Lorena

        According to Elton John, "Friday nights are alright for fighting" - but not at Angelo's.   Friday nights are perfect for bonding, sharing and painting.  We have had many groups of women and men who come in on Fridays to relax after a grueling week of keeping up with their real jobs.  One group that stands out for us is the "Friday Night Girls."   These women have been gathering every Friday evening in one form or another for about 7 years.  There are different forms of this group.  Some Fridays, there have been 9 or 10 of them, some Fridays 2 or 3, and some Fridays a lone girl will sit and paint in solitude and quiet, not bothered by the lack of conversation.

Over 8 years ago a special woman rolled into our old Angelo's building.  She had never been there before, but she brought her grand-children to paint.  They splashed paint on their pieces, but while they rushed to finish, Jenn spent that time falling in love with glazes and color and pottery and painting.  She returned week after week, experimenting with color, texture, and design.  Jenn quickly became one of the Angelo's family and one of our favorite people.  It didn't take long for her to become a favorite of others as well.  She just can't help herself.  If someone was doing something cool, Jenn would go over and ask about it.  She would comment; she would ooze praise; she would make friends.  People began to show up to paint with her, talk with her, and enjoy time with her.   She would invite her friends from work and family.  These new friends invited friends, and they became a predictable and minor phenomenon in our studio.

This is a diverse group of women (and occasionally men) who have all manner of jobs and backgrounds.  Many of them have come to know, support, and love one another in our studio.  Pottery is the least of why they are there.  They will often choose a piece and spend weeks finishing it, taking their time because the company is more important than the pottery. They share a pot luck dinner at Angelo's every year just before Christmas.  They talk about everything and nothing.  They laugh, cry, celebrate, and mourn with one another.  We have lost a couple of girls over the years and still miss them and talk about them. We have watched many of the others struggle and watched their lives change.  The support they offer one another is nothing short of fantastic.

The Friday Night Girls are not customers only - they become friends and family.