Everyone had a great time at our second workshop in Par Community Garden. The sun was shining down, naturally lifting our spirits and giving us all hope that Cornwall’s traditional Indian Summer is on its way. The writing exercise was ‘The Proposal’. I was a bit worried at first as this exercise is number 10 in our book, dropping the new group into one of the more challenging exercises. There was no need to worry though because our poets tackled it exceedingly well, creatin
This week only two of the participants had tried painting on ceramics before, and so began by feeling a bit apprehensive, but after a discussion about how simple painting can be very effective once glazed and fired, and showing them some simple examples, they had no problem and actually enjoyed the session. I’m loving firing these beautiful discs and can’t wait to open my kiln to see the incredible finished discs. Gill
What a great time we had planning yet another hilarious scene for the murder mystery – This time we worked on a scene based in a campsite where the camp leader has been murdered in a ridiculous way. But who did it??? We also had fun playing the advice game again, this is one of our favourites where we can all ask for advice from the good, the bad and the worst, Lines of the night: ‘won’t you need water if you’re going to have sharks?’ ‘…you’ve got a hose haven’t you?’ Check
We had a lovely session this evening. We started off with a very interesting conversation about how poetry is so much more than just the words on the page – it’s the relationships between those words: the individual sounds, the beats and inflections, the rhythms which all bring so much more to a good poem and make it well worth re-reading again and again. Our first exercise was Early Ambition and it took everyone on a journey through their early dreams, how we felt about the
In spite of the rain which kept a few people away today, we still had a lovely time. We handed out our home-crafted sketch books – small enough to hold and ready for filling with beautiful drawings, and set off on our walk around Par Duck Pond. We then proceeded on our walk, making micro sketches which focussed on the patterns and textures discovered within the much larger plants and objects we discovered along the way. Lynn and Suzy.
This was the first of our face to face workshops and as the weather is still quite warm we met outside, in Par Community Gardens which was a lovely venue. Sue and Freda from out online group came along and it was so good to see them in the flesh rather than just on a computer screen. We also welcomed Jon whom we met at our Cross-Pollination open-mic night on Monday, and Lynn who said that she has wanted to join for a while, but wasn’t that keen on the idea of Zoom workshops.
Most of the participants I encountered this week have tried ceramics before, and now come to pottery as therapy. One comment was “ the more you play the more confident you get!” which is a very pleasing to hear. We had some exciting results, again the participants enjoyed the sessions and discussion about what our local area has to offer, some things had not been thought of by some people. Gill.
Week 3 of planning our murder mystery and we have a small section all worked out! We also had some extra special participants tonight Line of the night - 'No shit, no Pedigree, no legs' Fun all round. We now also have our Murder Mystery police identity badge: Check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2901289126861312 Flis.
Seed bombs. Lots of fun today making our seed bombs, I can’t believe we made so many in just a couple of hours. They all look so great and it’s lovely to think that we recycled so much paper too ☺. Flis.
It was really uplifting to meet up again after what seems like such a long time away due to the dreaded Covid. Everyone was on form and the poems were all wonderful as usual. The first exercise was ‘Ode to what ails’ and it encouraged our poets to write an ode to a part of themselves which they didn’t like. In their poem they had to counter any negative feelings with positive and sympathetic ones and we had some great responses. This one caused quite a few laughs since wais
There have been a steady flow of participants dropping into the studio and also at Community Garden sessions to paint their discs. The participants in the garden loved working there, it’s so peaceful relaxing. Everyone enjoyed the sessions and also the discussion about what our local area has to offer. A couple of people were worried about what they should paint but after a chatting about ‘abstract, impressionist or realist’, they relaxed into it and all were happy with wha
More fun and serious planning of our murder mystery taking place this evening. There was talk of killed by cake at a wedding reception but who did it?? Check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2901289126861312 Flis.
We started early, meeting with Jamie, our wonderful tiler man at 8:00am outside Par CoOp where the pitcher was going to be installed. Jamie, of J C Tiling was so efficient and super quick but also taking so much care with the pottery, it was clear that he saw how much we valued the work of our lovely participants: the beautiful, unique creations, all made with love and care, and conveying something heartfelt from each individual involved. As we watched it grow, we saw the sou