Carol Fowler comes from an artistic family. One of her two sisters even made art her profession. However, Carol’s career as a school administrator made it difficult to find time to pursue her artistic passions. The opportunity to find a new creative outlet finally came when she moved to Scotia Village.

“I had time,” she says. “Once I moved, I didn’t have to cook or take care of the yard…”

She moved to Scotia Village in 2017. And for the last three years, Carol has been creating jewelry, including beaded bracelets, earrings and other beautiful items. Recently, she has been branching out into a new form of jewelry making for her. “Two months ago, I started working with polymer clay and it has taken over my life in a good way,” she says.

Polymer clay is a versatile material that is easy to work with, yet hardens when baked in an oven at low temperatures. So unlike other forms of clay that require a kiln, Carol can design and create all of her jewelry right in her apartment studio. “I have wonderful inspiration around my apartment and outside in the garden,” she says.

Her studio is in her sunroom, complete with a display of her recent work. Some of her most recent work includes earrings based on folkloric silk screens. She got the idea as she was sitting down for dinner and ended up completing the earring that same night.

Carol enjoys frequent visitors to her studio and will often sell items to fellow residents. “I price things low because it’s really just a hobby that I love,” she explains. Visitors do have to pay another small fee, however. According to Carol, her little terrier mix, Junebug, requires guests to give her a treat from a supply stashed at Carol’s front and back doors.

Also, Carol and six other resident artists recently held an artist’s market where they donated 20% of their sales to the Scotia Village Resident Association.

As for what led Carol to Scotia Village, she points to her deep ties to the area and to the community. Carol’s parents, Ruby and R.B. Fowler, lived at Scotia Village for several years after spending much of their lives after WWII in the Laurinburg area. Her aunt, Virgil Fowler, and her cousin, Anne Collins, also lived at the community.

Carol even remembers when Scotia Village was being built. “It was a big deal for Laurinburg, and still is,” she says.

Although Carol moved away as an adult, she returned in 2000 from living at the Outer Banks when her mother had a health crisis. “I realized that I didn’t want to live so far away from them… Pretty soon I was already entrenched in the community,” she adds with a laugh. She spent some time as a resident of the future before moving into her one-bedroom garden apartment. “It has been without a doubt the right move,” she adds.

“I have had a wonderful, rich life… that has brought me to this place,” says Carol. “It’s such a wonderful place to land.”

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