Second last day at Kasen. Lots of things that I ended up doing that day it seemed.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I’d scheduled a shiatsu massage that morning, which just so happened to be the morning of the kiln unloading. If only I’d known, I probably would have shifted the Shiatsu massage to the afternoon or another day, because there’s so much to do after a kiln unloading and so much to learn from.
Had quite a decent amount of stuff this firing. Unfortunately, I realized I’d mixed in far too much mica into the white clay. I’d been interested to create a more varied effect in the white clay and thought it’d be a good idea. As with anything, tests are always better. But to my defence, there weren’t enough firings for me to have done my own small scale tests so I ended up overconfidently, putting mica in many of my nicer pieces. Story of my life. But Sensei and M-san both said that in the end, ceramics always involved multiple multiple multiple tests. Every time is an experiment, even for him when unloading the kiln. Simply by looking at the way the glazes have turned out depending on the location of the pieces in relation to the kiln allows him to understand the workings of the kiln and glazes much more.
After a quick unloading of the pieces, went down to town to the Setogura museum, which is the main historical museum of Seto and its ceramic history. I’d waited so long before visiting because staying in the studio to work always seemed like a much better idea than going to the museum. Kinda wish I’d gone a lot earlier on during my time there though because it was such a great museum, with so much information about the ceramic industry in Seto, including live sized replicas of factory processes and machinery, plus lots of raw materials that we’d always asked Sensei and M-san about many times at the beginning. I’d have understood way more things better had I seen all these examples in the museum.
Didn’t manage to get very far though because it was time for Shiatsu. Yet another amazing session.
Felt like a busy day… going to get apples for Sensei as my parting gift (after some serious consultation with M-san about what gift he would like ^^; feel so embarrassed now thinking back, having left it till so late). Then preparing presents for them… Enjoyed watermelon from Apita that I’d bought for tea. Watermelon really is a treat in the summer.
Night time, L and I went to Sensei’s live gig at a cozy music bar in Nagoya. While he was setting him, L and I went to have dinner. We walked up and down the nearby stretch looking for restaurants and in the end settled on ramen. It was funny because we went to a desert shop nearby and everything looked so delicious. We only got a couple of biscuits thinking we shouldn’t buy so much back but after tasting it, we immediately went back in and bought more to share with the others at tea the next day.
Sensei’s live gig was insaneeee~~~ I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but certainly not such hard core rock music! The opening band played more soulful country music but the minute they went on stage, the volume suddenly skyrocketed and I’m pretty sure my eardrums haven’t recovered since that night. But what a treat, being able to be a part of a night of music, played by people who come together to practise maybe once a month, all just for the love of rock. Was incredibly proud of Sensei. L and I turned into fan girls waving our arms and dancing… especially to the unexpected Taylor Swift song, Never Ever Ever~ (which Sensei said he’d never heard off before one member had suggested playing it at practise)
Got back to the studio and started the last bit of sorting out of my ceramic items. Things to fire, decided on my glazes, packed as much as I could in bubble wrap in a cardboard box… That night probably only got to sleep around 4 am in the morning. It felt so surreal, going to bed onto after dawn and with the sound of the roosters’ crows in the background.
Wrote in my journal that night:
“Took stuff out of kiln
Too much mica! yikes. Well, many many tests required. All part of process.
Went to museum, bought stuff, prepared presents… my last pear danish from flute for now
Bought some cakes for shiatsu people
Bought apples for sensei and watermelon for tea
Always nice to be able to share…and grateful to be able to afford to share
So many things gah
Hoping for the best, really”