Mosaic Workshop #1 Was a Smash!

Imagine the sound of hammers popping against ceramic plates and vases. Imagine music and laughter as a gentle summer rain falls outside. Imagine seven people, previously unknown to one another, deep in the “zone” of creating. Conversation shifts from the memories associated with objects, to the slowing and speeding up of time; from what young women look for in relationships, to the decorating covenants at assisted living apartments. Yup!

Last night seven women, aged 19 to 75, lapped up three hours of pure creation. In the end, there were six stunning products, waiting to be completed for pick up. There were seven newfound friends who each came to know unusual and interesting things about one another.

This is what happens when people “drop in” to a creative interest and bring their best selves to a safe and pre-prepared space. No set up or clean up - just dive in. Everything was ready for experimentation and delight. Stacks of multicolored plates, bins of ceramic objects and unusual tiles, boxes of loose jewelry - all waiting to be selected, broken and dissembled - then reassembled on 12” X 12” pavers. Each paver became a kind of snapshot of its creator; captured on this one summer’s eve. Though it was not a banquet, it was an entirely delicious evening!

And the best part? There are more workshops coming up! Go to our shop to choose one, or head on over to Meetup to sign up :)

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