Wednesday, November 2

The W. I. workshop.

It seems ages since we had this workshop, but it was such a good one, I've saved it 'til I had the time to post. We've been so busy recently that I think more than two weeks have gone by since I used the blog!
Hope I haven't forgotten what to do!

This one, however, is all about those mighty women who are I think are known as...
 "The Backbone of England!"
We love having the local W.I. groups here at the Potters House studios.
And what with the opening of the Alice Show at the Tate Liverpool, then this is very apt, as these women live in that very area where once upon a time, the "godly" Charles Dodson was vicar!
But I'm always on my best cooking practice when they come...because even the mighty M.and S. take their cake ideas from the W.I. markets of the land.
So we start as we mean to go and hot milk with freshly baked St. Clements biscuits....oranges and lemons to you and me.

Then they get down to the job in hand of creating some ceramic marvels...always cared for by the potter himself.

But these are no slouches when it comes to being creative as this group has been before and entered some of their work in the Tatton Show...
 and ....hurray...won prizes.

Bodily sustenance in the form of lunch arrives at half past midday...

..and not a moment too soon as it's tiring work pulling and pushing clay around to get the shape that you want.

 Little french savoury pastries...and greek cucumber salad...

...Mary's favourite carrot and orange salad...

...potato salad recipe care of the german side of the family... and a freshly baked honey ham to go with them.

Then Dutch Apple pie made by the potter's a bit like rolling out clay!

Then refreshed it's back to the tables...though some have never left them...

 ...and  so on towards the finish at four.....

...when dry mouths can be once again refreshed with that brew at the heart of all Brits....tea...oh, and cake! 

...lemon drizzle and chocolate and orange gateaux....

The finished work is left to dry completely before baking in the kiln as usual.
Then the potter will glaze those that are ready.

...oh yes and did I mention the laughing and jokes they brought with them...quite reminded me of Aunt Helen!


  1. Cor! I've always fancied WI women, with their sleeves rolled up.

    They produced some pretty good stuff too!

  2. What a lovely day Gerry - do wish I lived near enough to take part - both for the pottery and for the lovely food.

  3. thankyou sunny for yoursweet comment...

    Cro!...alan is aware that they would make mince meat of him!!!

    Pat...we always have such fun with these groups, they are full of naughtiness!


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