IT was a pottery class with a twist for participants in the Fiji Museum's holiday program after yesterday's class was dedicated to Girmit Day, which was celebrated around the country.
The museum's marketing head, Prakashni Sharma, said the museum and the Indian High Commission always organised film screenings, drawing competitions and pottery workshops to mark the occasion.
She said Girmit Day was an important day in Fiji's calendar and the museum, like many other organisations, was celebrating it in their own way.
Dr Kamal Kishore Mishra, director of the Indian Cultural Centre, handed out certificates of appreciation to the participants.
He said the high commission and the cultural centre was always thinking of different ways to support the exposure of children to art.
He said the combination of the i-Taukei craft of pottery making, the multicultural make-up of the class and the fact that the young participants were aware of Girmit Day was a wonderful way to mark the event.
He also praised pottery making instructor Amelia Lesumai, who has been conducting the course for more than 10 years at the museum and at hotels and resorts.
Ms Lesumai said it was good to see young people regardless of their race take an interest in a craft which was slowly disappearing.
Chantelle Shandil, a Class Five student at Holy Trinity Primary School, gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the participants and thanked the cultural centre for its support for their pottery class.
"We also would like to thank the Fiji Museum for organising this two-day pottery workshop. We are all excited to receive the certificates," she said.