It is great to back in Japan. The temperature is really nice: in the night it cools off and you still sleep under your down cover. Last night we had a thunder storm and today, it is beautiful and sunny again. I rode my bicycle around town with all the beautiful cherry “SAKURA” blossom trees, especially in the main street: the Dankatsura Street. You walk underneath the trees and the petals falling down on you bless you.
Spring in the hills where I live in the US is beautiful. Everything turns greens because of the rain, which is plentiful in this season. In summer it will all turn yellow where there are no sprinkler systems.
I feel very fortunate to be able to live at this wonderful place on this big, great globe.
The Saturday and Sunday, March 1+2, of the NOLA Fired Up Conference were filled with demonstrations, gallery viewing in downtown New Orleans, slide shows, discussions and of course eating the good food and enjoying the wonderful music of the Saturday night dance.
Around 3pm a group of high school kids from an NOCCA art center came to have a look and they helped me finishing the neck of the kiln and still put a layer all over with lots of enthusiasm.
Then I cut some wire again for making kind of shelves to put different layers of pots.
A quarter side of the kiln was still open, because I had to fill it the next day.
I arrived at midnight. It is an easy city to drive in, so, I found my hotel alright in the French Quarter. It is an old city and where I’m building the kiln, the devastation of the Katrina hurricane is still everywhere. But it has a nice atmosphere with those old plantation kind of houses, small and big, with beautiful decorations.
I started building my alternative paper-clay Vase kiln. Wali Hawes taught me this technique at the Fantastic Fire Workshop in Mashiko, last October ’07. http://www.walihawes.com/
I designed the shape of the “Vase Kiln”.
The NOLA Fired Up organization with Chris Brumfield and Bonita Day and Caroline Smith and many more volunteers did an incredible job with this conference and with helping me in getting all the materials for being able to build this kiln. Thank you so much. From rebar a friend welded the frame of this kiln. I put chicken wire on and built the brick base. Inside will go a wire horizontal tube, which I will fill with charcoal.