May 9, 2016 4:48 pm
Updated: May 9, 2016 6:59 pm

Women create inspirational, one-of-a-kind pottery at Toronto studio

WATCH ABOVE: Inspirations Studio is a project of Sistering -- a women's organization that provides practical and emotional support to vulnerable women. The one-of-a-kind pottery pieces sold at the studio are created by women who have been impacted by homelessness, trauma, poverty and mental health issues. Susan Hay has the story in this week’s Making a Difference.

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At Inspirations Studio in Toronto, women who have been impacted by poverty, trauma and mental illness can find a safe haven.

It’s a social enterprise project of Sistering, an organization where low-income women can learn pottery and business skills to gain a source of income.

Judith, a member of the studio was homeless and jobless, but eight years later she has a different story to tell.

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“Today I’m making my own work,” she says. “I’m getting paid for it, I have income that I didn’t have before. I can support myself, take care of myself.”

Judith can now afford her own apartment from the money she earns from the one-of-a-kind pieces she creates, owing the change in her life to the women who helped guide her to a fresh start.

“Any woman can come into Sistering, anytime 24-hours a day, seven days a week,” says Patricial O’Connell, executive director of Sistering. “There’s food, there’s comfort, there’s a sense of community and family.”

Inspirations Studio is staffed by professional potters. The space provides a platform for women to re-build their confidence, self-esteem and dignity.

“They’ve inspired me in many ways, but just their courage,” says Theresa Morin, manager of the social enterprise, Sistering. “They are a really unique group of individuals who have very strong connections with each other and they are rebuilding their lives one pot at a time.”

For Judith, everything she’s done in life, everything she wants to still do in life are the inspirations behind her creations which brings a sense of joy and accomplishment at the end of each day.

“Sometimes I come in and I’m not in a good mood,” she says. “But by the end of the day I feel great because I look and say, ‘Oh I did this, wow!’”

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