Today we took a group of 12 children over to Viables to Pots 2 Paint where they met Stef the owner and she led a super workshop for them. The children got so much out of the session and definitely want to go back with their friends and family. The children learned new techniques as well as learning how they are fired. Did you know in order to get the super shine on mugs and plates etc it needs to be fired at 1000 degrees?? It also needs to be a slow process where the temperature builds up or else the product will crack.
Mrs Lee and I were immensely proud of what the children achieved and we can not wait to see what their items look like next Wednesday when they will all come into school all wrapped up. At certain points it was great seeing them all concentrating so hard - tongues hanging out a mile and you could have heard a pin drop!
I explained to the children that Stef has turned a real arty passion into a successful business and who knows - perhaps this group of children may do something similar when they are older? Thank you Stef for letting us take over your workshop and we will certainly be back with another group if you allow us to.
On our way back to the minibus we popped into 'Alison's Wonderland'. Alison Clement will be one of our guest artists during our Art Festival Week. She showed the group of children around her shop and shared how she creates her own cards - also turning a passion into a business! She also taught the children about Fair Trade too. She stocks items that are made in Madagascar and the people who make them get better working conditions and a better wage being part of the scheme.
Check out the photographs below from the day and we will post another news report once they come in. I don't know who is more excited, Mrs Lee, myself or the kids...the anticipation of what they will all look like is immense!!!!