What does a retired Lab Technician of a resin company do after 43 years in the industry? First, he may spend 10 years maintaining the grounds of several cemeteries in Louisville. But it would only be a matter of time before the world of chemical compounds beckoned him back to the wonderment mixing, measuring and pouring. St. Joseph’s Home in Louisville is blessed to have such a man, we call him “Pour” man Pat.
On any given Tuesday, you can find Pat mixing “slip”. Slip is liquid clay, which after running through a machine, called of course a Slip-O-Matic, is poured into molds to create little works of art. The slip dries into green ware, which is cleaned, fired, painted, glazed and fired again. Sounds like a perfect place for a retired Lab Tech to share his gifts of time and talent.
The Residents and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Home enjoy painting and glazing the different figurines that Pat so painstakingly creates with his slip and molds. The final products can be seen and purchased at The Gift Shoppe at St. Joseph’s Home. On any given day you will find nativity scenes, the Blessed Mother, holiday figures and of course TURTLES!! We here at St. Joseph’s Home love our turtles!! Have you ever heard of the, “Slowest Two Minutes In Sports”, otherwise know as the Turtle Derby? …more about that later.
Pat may be a “pour” man but he has certainly en”rich”ed the lives of the Residents, Little Sisters, volunteers and staff at St. Joseph’s Home. Thanks Pat!