Made in Roath is an arts festival that happens every year in a beautiful neighbourhood called Roath, just adjacent to the city centre of Cardiff. The festival showcases art, music, performance, literature and food in a range of venues. This event is organised by the community around Roath and is a great opportunity of bringing people of different ages together.
On the 18th October, I volunteered at the little spot at Roath Pleasure Gardens designated for the Cardiff School of Art and Design where there was a range of art workshops, from wood carving, spinning paint and making your own badge. Me, Myriam and Laura were helping little kids to throw terracotta. And let me tell you, we had a blast. We had one shimpo wheel and there was always a queue. So while the little kids (and parents) waited, we handed them a ball of clay to play around and introduced to them coil building and pinch potting. It was funny as how some where already experienced and already had previously played around with the wheel, and how big brothers wanted to teach their younger sibling, great fun.
And their excitement at the end when taking their creations home with a massive smile from cheek to cheek, just made it all worth it. Apart from the first little boy I was helping out, everything was going great until we started pulling the wall up, but his overly excited fingers pressed the wall to hard and I started to see it collapsing and while I tried to save it just didn’t hold itself and it just went down. Let me tell you, he wasn’t impressed. Something I have been interested has been in teaching, community work, participatory arts and I am fascinated in sharing information and knowledge of this material which we love, clay.