Sharing a meal with the participants in the workshops is such a brilliant idea. All of us were hungry at noon and ate heartily. It is also such a special time to eat together and share food. The afternoon workshop participants were also able to snack as needed, this being especially beneficial to the children who ate everything in sight!
Two people were signed up for the afternoon workshop; neither of them came...but by 1:30 there were a large number of people who had gathered! Ages ranged from a 3-year-old to a couple of elder grandmothers. I didn't bring enough rolling mats with me as I expected lower numbers so had to quickly improvise...it all worked out fantastically. All enjoyed the film, actually we watched it twice as 5 more people showed up later. All of them were happy to carve their tiles, some adding colour with the under-glazes others wishing to leave them unglazed. The youngest boy just wanted to paint with the under-glazes so I was able to provide him with two previously cut and dried tiles.
At the beginning of the workshop I always describe how the intent of the project is to create a community mural where each of the tiles made by each participant will hang together to create one big artwork. Everyone is usually very pleased with this idea, and when asked all wish for the final mural to be hung in a very accessible and public place where all peoples are welcome and can see it. The young boy who painted two tiles, also agreed with this; but at the end of the workshop came up to me and asked very earnestly if I could at hang his tiles at the bottom of the mural so that he could see them very easily when he went to visit them. Yes, of course I can!