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Adults and children gathered Friday at two art stations set up just outside The Commons to create clay crafts. The inaugural Artz Daze offered residents of all ages a chance to make a piece of art in the middle of the day.

The free program — a spinoff of last year’s Art Break Day — is run by both the Columbus Area Arts Council and the kidscommons children’s museum. Set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. one Friday a month through October, the schedule allows “for a little art therapy,” said Tami Sharp, Arts Council program director.

Cummins employees Dawn Mayes and Kimberly Hoffman stopped by on their lunch break.

“We came for the Art Break Day last year, and we really enjoyed it,” Hoffman said. “It gives you a chance to relax.”

It’s not only a break from routine, Mayes said, but a chance to try something a little different.

“I would never have done this on my own,” she said, as she smoothed the coils on her clay pot.

Friday’s crafts were terra cotta sun masks at the kidscommons table and Mexican-style clay pots at the table sponsored by WellConnect.

Columbus potter Sam Burnett, who led the crafts at the WellConnect table, sliced chunks of red clay using a wire cutter. He shaped the clay into balls, which Artz Daze crafters then rolled into coils for their small pots. The clay would dry in 24 to 48 hours. Once dry, the clay could be painted.

At the kidscommons table, children used rolling pins to flatten and smooth their clay. Then using cookie cutters, they cut out rays to affix to their flat sun masks. Marifi Bellon, originally from Mexico City, assisted her 5-year-old daughter, Fernanda Velez.

“It’s a perfect day to do this,” Bellon said. “And (the craft) is from our country. To tell your children where you come from — this is great.”

Between the booths, a large piece of cardboard was erected so Artz Daze attendees could draw on a line to create a Solomon “Sol” LeWitt-style community art piece.

The afternoon was accompanied by live music from The McGuires.

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