BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Now that Christmas and New Year's celebrations have come and gone, coasties are getting ready for the next big reason to party; Mardi Gras.
The celebration is a few weeks earlier than usual this year, but people are finding ways to ring in the purple, green and gold holiday.
"We have a rich history of ceramics here on the Gulf Coast and in the New Orleans area. It's a real forgiving medium," Stacey Johnson said.
Johnson is a ceramics guru and has taught at the Ohr O'Keefe Museum for two years. Saturday, she hosted a class that gave locals and out of towners a chance to make clay Mardi Gras masks.
"These projects are really simple to do, and it's basically the same steps for the preschoolers as the adults. We work with slabs of clay, and then we build upon the slabs for a more three dimensional effect, and we use templates so it's really easy for even a beginner," Johnson said.
Some said they had already had clay experience, and others say it was their first time. Because of the wet weather, families thought the unique clay experience would be a perfect way to end their Christmas holiday and kick off the Mardi Gras fun.
"It's fun, it's affordable and it's a cool experience," Sarah Kemp said.
"It's always great to spend time with my kids as much as I can on the weekends, so this was something that we could do and not worry about just sitting at home being bored," Alicia Stevison said.
Johnson says projects like this help families commemorate the time they spend together.
"It's just a great, easy, stress free time for the parents and the child to work together. I've had several parents comment on that. You can just come in for 30 minutes, do something with your child for $10 that you can't do elsewhere and then you have a lasting memory," Johnson said.
If you're interested in taking a ceramics class, they're offered at the museum weekly.