Last weekend I had the great privilege to participate in Cashel walled town’s day. I was due to hold a pottery workshop for children of all ages, and while I was looking forward to it, there was a bit of nervous tension involved as well. I have participated and held workshops before, but never on my own so this weekend was going to be a first for me. I decided to keep it simple. After asking advise on the matter, some simple pinch pot and coiling techniques and decoration of the creations with wildflowers and grasses which I picked for the occasion, seemed like the thing to do.
I arrived around ten in the morning for setup and preparation. The event was taking place at the back of the Castle hotel and was due to kick off at one o’clock.
I was obviously not the only one giving a workshop, the event was sponsored by the Heritage council and there were a large range of activities for any age. From craft stalls to mini archaeology digs for the kids, calligraphy, reenactment and getting to know your local heritage. Not to mention food and GREAT weather on the day, in short the event catered to any taste and age.
While there was plenty of entertainment available I have to admit I really did not get much chance to kick back and enjoy the show. In fact I was so busy that I was hard-pressed to grab some fruit for lunch never mind going for a leisurely stroll. Children could drop in at my table and if they wanted I would show them how to do simple pinch pots, however it was really a free for all to create whatever they wanted!
The workshop was hard work, but brilliant fun, in fact I was so engrossed in talking and showing claymore to people, that the day flew by. I hope everyone who stopped by at my table had as much fun as I did. Thank you to the organisers and participants for the opportunity to be part of this brilliant event and all the nice things said about the workshop on the day. I hope to get the chance to do it again.