Manchester WI kicked off 2018's year of meetings with a relaxed gathering. Announcements for the coming year were plentiful, check out our facebook and events page for details (highlights are our beer launch with Runaway brewery(!!), a silver jewellery workshop and a trip to Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival). There was also a fuddle/pot luck (not a friendly cuddle, but members were encouraged to bring and share food to help catch up with friends and welcome new members). The evening's activity was a pub quiz, complete with prizes to get everyone chatting and in the competitive spirit.
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After our successful salsa night we decided to get a bit more crafty with a ceramic workshop. The Clay Studio in Hulme is a ceramic/pottery studio who, as well as providing a shared workspace for their members, also offer weekly courses, one-off workshops, and throwing classes. We contacted them to see if they would be willing to host a class especially for Manchester WI, and together decided that a "coiled jug" would be just the thing!
Coiled pots are constructed by gradually stacking and joining coils of clay (think long thin sausages!) one on top of the other on top of a clay base. The coils can be left visible or can be smoothed away depending on your desired aesthetic end result. Sarah, our instructor for the workshop, first showed us a selection of images and a few "here's some we made earlier" jugs to give us a few ideas. Then after a demonstration of the various techniques we needed to know, and a bit of sketching/planning, it was time to cut out a clay base and start rolling!
We set up the Lady Skillers as a platform to explore skill sharing opportunities between our lovely members, taster sessions of new activities, and workshops where we could learn new skills outside of the monthly meetings. I find that sometimes people can be put off doing things that they might love to try because its daunting to go solo! This way people can make new friends, who have similar interests i.e dancing, ceramics, jewellery making, who they can then continue going with after the event (if they are so inclined!)
Our first venture was a Salsa class with Cuba Café, who hold beginner and improver classes in the basement of Stage & Radio NQ on a Wednesday evening. First we started off with a few basic moves to warm up, and then we partnered up with current salsa class members, who had come along especially to help, so we could put a couple of steps into action.
So to summarise- we picked up a few moves, got a bit sweaty, and had a lot of fun being twirled around the dancefloor...