Where do you think I’m goin?! I’ve got my adventure shoes on don’t I. . .

27 12 2010

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Forenote:

I am back in the US.  Somewhere around the half way point of our trip, China decided that my blog host should not be allowed in China.  Ergo, I have not had a chance to upload in quite some time.  So at this point, I’m going to instead of making one GIANT post, and instead of making 2 or 3 slighty less GIANT posts, break it down into about 5-8 shorter posts?  I will have these done and put in the hold queue box of my blog so that I don’t annoy everyone with emails all the time, and no one gets too much information than is reasonable.  Also, after reading a fellow friends blog, there will be less talk and more pictures!!  YAY!!!  I think that might be lovely.

Forenote:  Part 2

I’ve just updated the pages with my ceramic work from China (Work Page), and videos (China / Videos Page)!!!  So there are now some videos to see, and soon there will be more!

Alrighty, 22 days until we are out of Jingdezhen and onto Xian and Beijing for a few weeks.  People are starting to get a little tense, and most the folks are kind of tired of China.  I’d be lying if I was to say that things weren’t stressful, and that the thought of going home to the people and kilns I love wasn’t appealing.  There is definitely an unglorious side to the trip, but in retrospect that’s the same as being home.  Everyone has their days and moments that are up, and everyone has their days and moments that are down.  Things can’t be wonderful ALL the time.  The big difference is that we don’t have anyone else.  We can’t just hang out with some other friends we haven’t seen recently, or just take some alone time.  We are around each other every moment of every day.  For the most part were all pretty professional, but man, you can feel yourself slipping a little towards the end.  So where this is leading is that there was a day I could feel the snapping starting, deeeeeeeeeeeeeep in mu’ bones, so I snagged my bike and took a ride up the mountains!!!

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So first thing that happened when I got on the road for a few minutes was that I got to a place where it wasn’t quite city anymore.  I had technically, “left,” Jingdezhen, but I had only been on my bike a few minutes!  I started passing these villages.  There was a lot of construction and you could see where some of the houses were in shambles but some of the houses were luxurious and brand new.  All of the bricks that you see in piles, and most of the bricks that you see built into the buildings are bricks that were made just down the road here.

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Down the other side of the road I found more construction, pagodas, and tons of clear range stuff.  Typical what you see in movies China.  But I kept going.  It’s nice to be in that.  I’m starting to feel jaded though.  I see these beautiful rooftops and wonderful, unique, resourceful ways of construction.  However, I see them all the time now.  I understand that to most the people working on these places, or living in them that it’s just how they do things.  That bamboo scaffolding is crazy!  You would never see it in the US.

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So on with the biking. . .   found this crazy little clay processing facility.  I spent some time here taking video and kind of thinking about how, if I had to, I could produce clay on my own?  Overall a good trip, and until next time!  Back to work.

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In all the unexpected places. . .

5 11 2010

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As I sit here looking at the images I’ve drawn in the last few days, I’m taken back to my first drawing class in college where I remember thinking that I would never be good at drawing, and that I would never care that I was no good at it either.  Then, that was completely true.  Eventually though, I realized that making a mark is making a mark, whether it’s with a pencil, pen, sharpie, brush, leaf, stick, finger or wooden clay rib.  The congruency between marks between tools used in 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional marking is wonderful!  I’ve just never been very good at utilizing that concept.

In fact, sketching is one of my least favorite past times.  My excuse was always, “I like making pots,” or, “this is why I work in clay.”  That all really started changing when I started to sketch pieces that I really wanted to make, but with the same line that I had always looked for on them.  I would always just sketch on the wheel, make a ton, and make em’ different.  I throw as many as it takes until I find what I’m looking for, then I find how to do it again.  However, the fact that I can sketch 200 of these in a matter of minutes, and then have them all in one place to review as many times as I like is invaluable.

I feel like many people who work in 3D and sketch work at trying to make what they’ve drawn into more than 2 dimensions until they get to the point in their work that they know what they’re going to make and are really just sketching notes.  I work backwards of that.  I make a piece or a line on a piece that I think is great, and then I struggle to move the marks I make with my clay tools from the pot to the paper.  It took me letting go of my perfection tendencies, and just letting the mark my body wants to make come out.  It’s my hands that would make the mark on the pot, and my mind that knew how to make that mark, and the muscle memory in my body that felt it, so why could I not just let it out on paper?  Because I didn’t know to.

Drawing skills were not what I expected to find in China.  New throwing techniques?  Yes.  Glaze that fit my pots perfectly?  Absolutely.  The ability to make lines on paper that inform my work and help me design better?  Never saw it coming.

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This is Sanbao.  Sanbao is a little pottery studio outside of Jingdezhen.  It’s very very elaborate.  They have a wonderful restaurant, nice working spaces, very cool scenery, and tons of cool kiln spot.  Our friend Ding showed us around the place a bit.

6 7 It’s a clay studio, so of course there were lots of cool pieces around.  There was also one of the coolest bars I’ve ever seen in my life.  They make their own baijou and plum wine.  What were they lacking though?  A pizza oven.  I wonder if I know anyone whose ever built one of those.  So a few friends and I took a field trip out here and built them one.  Chris (studio tech at the JCI) had spoken to the owner of Sanbao and the owner had a base built for this oven.

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The base is built from brick that was made just down the road.  The metal frame is an old kiln door.  They had erected this base in about 10 min. from what I hear, right after Chris and the manager spoke.

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We put this arch up in about 10 minutes flat as well.  Cut bamboo strips, held up like a dream.  We wedged them between the two sets of skewbacks (brick that is cut to fit the end of a sprung arch) and basically planned to burn it out later.

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So we got some clay from under the wood kiln up top and mixed it with a ton of sand.  Watered it down and that was our make shift mortar.  It was basically an iron rich low fire clay with enough sand to keep it from cracking.  After it set it would be perfectly fine, but just to ensure that, Sanbao is going to concrete over the whole thing afterwards.  Yes, the faces do help the oven to be more structurally secure.  Remember that!

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So we’ve got this thing all built up, and get started on the door arch.  They get to mixing concrete, and it starts raining.  Good thing were in China and the clay stands up to EVERYTHING!!!

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All in all though, it came together.  This is Chris Meyeres putting the final touches on the chimney that we made from some of the old pots that were out at Sanbao.  It was a good day trip.  3 or 4 hours to put an oven together.  All these bricks that we built the oven from are made right down the road, so they are pretty much just low fired clay as well.  Still haven’t been out to bbq in it, but soon?  Man I hope so. . .

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This is our friend in the studio who came out to do a Qing Hua (blue and white painting on porcelain) demonstrations for us.  It was a great demo, and afterwards we got to paint pieces with her cobalt mix and have her give us a little bit of hands on help.  It was great getting to see the way she utilized her brush to get the lines that she wanted.

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NCECA CHINA!!!

We did get to go to the Jingdezhen Annual Porcelain Conference or something like that.  There’s a lot of these things that happen here.  But it was basically NCECA China!!!  There were so many cool pieces from Qing Hua to industrial stuff to. . .   well, you’ll see.  More pictures, no one actually reads what I type anyway.

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There were so many cool pieces and designs.  It’s been a whole different realm from what I’ve seen here in Jingdezhen so far.  It was actually about the art and the design rather than just making a living.  Granted, I struggle between those two concepts often, it was good to see this side of the town.  These were the ones that really really grabbed me.  And then the ducks because Miranda (wonderful friend in San Francisco) loves ducks.

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And then. . .   there was an entire floor with nothing but industrial ceramic supplies.  For those of you who don’t know, clay and ceramic materials make a ton of the things we use everyday.  Your catalytic converter?  You know, the thing that translates some of the toxins from your emissions system to help the environment?  Made of clay.  Ceramic ball bearings?  More efficient in slide than metal ball bearings.  Crazy huh?  Well, I was in industrial ceramics heaven.  It was amazing all the things you could see and play with.  I didn’t want to leave.  My friends made me.  I’m glad they were around to push me out of there.

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More cool pieces and sculptures.  These are up here for my friend Trevor Dunn.  If you haven’t seen his work and are interested in clay stuffs, you should.  www.trevordunn.com The frying pan is cool because it’s flameware.  Flameware is a strong clay that MUST be fired to 0.0 porosity.  Many clays have a porosity somewhere between 8% and 2% when they are high fired, but flameware has to be fired to an extremely exact temperature, have a glaze that fits perfectly, and absorb absolutely no water.  The reason it has to fit these specifications is because it will be in contact with direct flame or stove burner.  Regular clays can not take this, and will crack.  Flameware if fired right can be cooked on and utilized until it is broken.  Flameware that does not meet those specifications, though, is prone to explode very violently, just as pyrex would if used improperly.

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All in all it’s been a good few weeks of working.  There have been the bumps, but I have another month and a half here in China to work and learn and have some fun.  I’m starting to think about my work next semester and what I need to do to graduate.  Someone told me to make pots in the now, but I think I should be keeping the future of my work in mind right now.





Food and Food and Food

6 10 2010

Painting by: Tim Rogerson http://www.timrogerson.com

Much of my work is inspired by food.  Much of my work is also inspired by the line structures and altered perceptions of cartoons.  For that reason, I tend to link Tim Rogerson’s work to some of the way I think of myself and some of the direction I want a lot of my work to be going.

Grilled Chicken Wings (Plate by: Robin DuPont)

The way that food relates to my work is much more important though.  I always think about the functionality of my work in regards to food, and beyond that food has a deeper purpose.  Personally, food plays a large part in what I do and think about everyday.  I love cooking and therefore want my work to reflect that as well.  I want my work to inspire a chef and vice versa. Here in China they cook everything with oil.  Lots and lots and lots of oil.  We actually had to ask the our lovely chef ladies to use less oil.  I started running again 2 days ago because I’m getting fat. . .  ter.  I was a very very heavy kid with awful eating habits.  After losing quite a bit of that weight and gaining a great start on fixing many of the habits, I’ve been comfortable with my body.  But now that I’m eating food that has a ton of oil on it (and in mass quantities because it’s delicious) I’ve had to up the exercise level.  They always say don’t trust a skinny chef, but this chef wants to live past 40. I guess the next issue with my work in this sense is how to incorporate my ideals of health and fitness with my ingrained and beloved ideals of plentiful food, fun, and friends.  Really, how do you make a pot say, “I’m here to party!!!  But please hold the oil on those noodles. . .”

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In other news, we fired off our first soda kiln yesterday.  I’ll try and upload a few images of how everything came out when we unload.  All I put in was a few test body bowls with some slips and glazes on them.  Figuring out these new clays is a bit of a challenge with such big kilns.

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And. . .   we got a visit from the brush maker.  He brought out that entire stock of brushes you see on the table.  That’s not even close to a dent of what’s in his shop.  Most of the shops here in town that you go into and see brushes, got them from him.  He is a 4th generation brush maker and has been making his brushes by hand for 50 years!!  There are 3 people that work in his shop:  Him, his daughter, and his grand-daughter.  That’s what I call a family owned business.  They came and demonstrated making chicken head brushes (when you wet and slap them, they look like a chicken’s head) and made brushes available for us to buy.  In these photos we have the group and a spread of brushes, the brush maker shaping and mixing goat hairs, and then him forming the bottom to go into a bamboo handle.

Yes. He is doing exactly what you think he is.

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I tried making brushes a few times.  It’s not easy.  We were all impressed, and yes, the brush maker made quite a bit of money off of us.  Maybe some of you will be getting brushes as gifts?





Same old tricks, but maybe a new one here and there?

2 10 2010

My studio space by the end of the night.

Well, as you can see, I’m up to some of my same old tricks.  Casserole dishes.  But as you can see, there are a few little guys sitting there.  These are my new project, chess pieces.  I’ve been making these and then having molds made.  These are the first that I have slip cast.  The one on the left is a pawn and the one on the right is the knight.  Many more to come!!!





So how did you get the China-Funk? “Well, I pet a kitty and rubbed him all over me, but in my defense. . . he was a really cute kitty.”

29 09 2010

That is right.  We found a kitten that was absolutely not afraid of people.  He was the only one.  He was outside the meat-on-a-stick shop sometime around midnight and Erica decided he needed some loving.  (She has no recollection of rubbing this fuzzy critter covered in China Funk all over her [China Funk-the Funk that you find all over the streets and dirty things in China.])  She named him Funk de Funk.  You can tell that most of the other animals are afraid of getting eaten or that people aren’t very nice to them.  There’s a few here and there that are really nice, but most of them are really skittish.  There’s a studio dog named Saggar, and he’s pretty awesome and playful, but he’s kind of racist against chinese people.  Apparently some meat vendors or something used to kick him.  Therefore, he doesn’t like wheels or most chinese people.

My view of the mountains out my window

So this is the view from outside my window.  You can see how we dry our laundry here, our the back of our windows.  I usually hang them on anything I can find (chairs, desks, drawers, cabinets, etc.) but this time I had some hangers.  Gets them dry and right for wearing.  I will never take a washer and dryer for granted again.  So I threw a few shirts and pairs of pants in the backpack and got on the bus.  It’s pretty nice here in the mornings, although the sun wakes me up very very early.  This is what I wake up to though.  Not bad I say.

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A pot taller than Marshall. Marshall is not short either.

We went to this museum of porcelain in Jingdazheng that was also an ancient kiln site.  Very beautiful.  It was very overwhelming though.  This is Marshall in front of a 10 foot tall porcelain pot.  When we first came to this kiln site, there was a lady at the gift shop playing american christmas carols on her pan flute.  We all sang along, they all laughed.

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Porcelain, Porcelain EVERYWHERE!!!

The nice thing about his kiln site was that everywhere you went something was happening.  Wonderful pieces surrounded you and eagers workers sat and made clay art in their spaces.  All the tasks were broken down and happening right in front of you.  Carvers carved, throwers threw, trimmers trimmed.  There were greenware (not fired yet) pieces everywhere you turned.  The downside to this ancient kiln site was that there were lots of people there.  Anywhere there are lots of people, there are lots of people to sell to.  You could not turn anywhere without tons of pieces being there for sale.  It was nice to see at first, but it started to get overwhelming.  You could tell that quite a bit was tailored to selling pots, rather than educating people on the ceramic arts.

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The kiln site was very very nice though.  Walking around was refreshing and everyone was nice.  There was no funk to the air, and the landscape was all tended. Gardens in the water

Pagoda in the museum surrounded by water

Ming Dynasty houses within the museum

Throughout the museum, however, there were all kinds of little treats.  Such as these random bunches of garden that were growing out of some of the lakes, or this pagoda that had ceramic bells and other instruments in it.  We also found this group of houses that people lived in somewhere in the back.  These ARE houses from the Ming Dynasty in China.

Ridiculously detailed porcelain boat. And May. . . who thinks she's sneaky.

Found this little treat in the Jingdezheng Museum of Porcelain.  Blow this image up and take a peak at all that detail!!!  Also, this is May.

Michi is a teapot, short and sto. . . er. . . tall and slender.

After all the museums in Jingdezheng and a good night’s rest, we started our voyage for Yixing.  For those that don’t know, let me catch you up.  I’m in China, and I’m staying in Jingdazheng at the Jingdazheng Ceramic Institute.  The JCI is located in the South Eastern provinces of China and is blistering hot, then freezing cold.  So I threw a few shirts and pairs of pants in the backpack and got on the bus.  8 hours and many subtitled James Bond films later we got off the bus in Yixing which has been a much different experience than the rest of China.  Yixing is the cleanest city I have been in here in China thus far.  I’m not going to say that all of China is dirty, but much of it is.  The culture is different, and you just have to make sure that your careful.  The food isn’t unsafe or bad to eat, you watch the people cook it.  You just have to be careful that you wash your hands and pay attention to where you walk and what you touch.  Anywho, this has been one of the cleanest and wealthiest cities I have seen so far in China.  Yixing is known as the pottery capitol of the world, and is very very famous for their teapots.

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Much of the group

Li Chao took us to a potters workshop where we got to see the environment he worked in.  He kept many historic pieces around such as this ancient grinder, and his working spaces were just very peaceful and inspiring.  We walked around, hung out, talked about the things on the property.  Li Chao is the man in the blue jacket.  He has been extremely helpful to everyone.  He does most of our arranging, translating, meal ordering, directing, barter teaching, etc. etc.  Very very excellent so far.

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Walls of pot shards

One of my favorite things to experience and see while I’m here in China is this sense that all the ceramicists have of community.  I have not come across a kiln that has not had a vegetable garden near it somewhere.  I have not come across a kiln that was not a community of potters.  I have not come across a kiln yet that was not utilizing what came out of it.  These are shards of broken pots, but they aren’t wasted.  It’s been good for me to see and hopefully I’ll take something more than I expect from it.

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May and Marshall by the boat

As we continued to move around this very large space known as a studio, we found some areas that were great for meditating or just relaxing and collecting your thoughts.  Morgan is near this old water machinery on a dock, and May and Marshall are enjoying a moment to just be still.

Where all home depot's flower pots come from.

After leaving the studio space, we traveled to a village that was a small teapot village.  We wandered to the back and found rows upon rows of other houses. . .   and then there was a little factory.  We poked our heads in and found tons and tons and tons of mold made and mass produced flower pots.  The kiln system was way cool.  The had them on railroad like tracks that could slide in the middle of the room so that once they unloaded the kiln, they could just slide another track right on up to fire.

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The one that had me drooling.

The last part of our trip here in Yixing has been spent looking at teapots, learning how teapots are made here, learning about the traditional tools of making teapots here, learning about the clays, and most importantly. . .    learning how to barter with locals so that we can buy their teapots 🙂

We have all bought many teapots and seen many made.  I have seen more teapots this trip than I could literally shake a stick at, literally.  For the last 2 days we have been on our own to explore shop after shop after shop of slip cast, molded, and hand built teapots.

Our very nice friend.

To wrap up the trip (we leave tomorrow) I’ll tell you about our friend.  Two of us stopped in to see him work.  Only his assistant was working, so he poured us some tea.  Landon came in and he invited him to sit as well.  The gentleman spoke a little english, we spoke a little chinese. . .   it all worked out.  Next thing we knew there were 15 people in the room and we had talked him into giving us a demonstration of his work.  He is pouring out of his teapot here, and after pouring us all round after round of delicious tea, he spent 40 minutes showing us how he does what he does.  Later we left and ran into him, where he invited us out to lunch.  Had we not just eaten, we would have accepted.

Here in Yixing, I learned and saw a lot.  I’ve seen many of Yixing styles, etc. but it was more the sense of tradition and why the potters still do what they do here that was important to me.  Many do it for money, and because they can make good money HERE making teapots.  Many are masters though, and have teapots in their family for hundreds of years.  As well as learning a lot about Yixing, I have learned quite a bit about my work and why I do what I do.  I love my forms more now than I did when I came.  I also very much value the craftsmanship that I and others do after seeing so many wonderful teapots, and so many crappy ones that were casted just to make a cheap yuan.

It’s been great trip with many great experiences, however, I am ready to get back in the studio!





Little houses on the hillside, little houses made of. . . Ming Dynasty Wood?

18 09 2010

We’ve been in the studio playing with the local clays.  I can’t say that I hate them, but I can’t say I’m in love with them and won’t be able to work without them at home either.  Everyone is having a little bit of, “adjustment time,” with the clay bodies.  It’s so far been a lot of fun though.  Got to see a potter throw on a traditional wheel, then I threw after him (with much less success).

Ginormous Kiln

Inside of Kiln

We also traveled out to the country.  I have never sweat more in my life.  However, I keep hearing about carrying your wallet in your front pocket and never having your passport on you and things, yet everyone I’ve met here tells me nothing but how safe China is.  In a way, I believe it.  We had a guy get pick pocketed in a super busy part of town, and later someone called our professor saying they had found it and he got it back.  Everywhere we got we meet the most welcoming and nice people.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan on walking through some sketchy alley with money hanging out of my pockets, or traveling with my passport (although I accidentally washed that anyway), or not paying attention when in crowded places, it’s kind of crazy.

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So we went and traveled around the countryside, and we saw an area where they were carving marble with water, and next door was that amazing dragon kiln.  We sat around and ate sunflower seeds with the family that owned the house.

Ming Dynasty House

This was one of the houses we saw that was built in the Ming Dynasty.  There were amazing wood carvings all throughout the house.  It was unbelievable.  That’s Michi standing there, we had a super adventure the other day.  We went out exploring the town a little bit after things had started settling down for the day.  We had already played basketball with some friends and one of the locals and were now sweating more than ever as we walked in the sun and checked out all the clay galleries down the side streets in Jingdezhen.  We eventually found a few folks that sat and talked to us about their work, and then we stumbled into a guitar shop where we were able to talk the Chinese folks inside into playing their guitars and singing for us!  It was sooooooooooooooo good.  They got this girl to sing while two of them played their guitars.  They did Coldplay’s, “Yellow.”  This little chinese girl had one of the most beautiful voices ever, and her pronunciation was wonderful.  Way better than the asian beetles covers you see on youtube. . .   “raaddaay Muh dawna. . .   cheerdren att yooo peet. . . .”  Anywho, we kept moving and found the market where vendors buy their vegetables and meats from these outside tables.  We saw everything you could imagine being sold as far as food goes.  (we even saw a puppy, michi and I were pretty sad, cause he was bound to be someone’s dinner)

Living and Cooking

This was one of the villages we walked through.  The village was pretty peaceful, not too much going on.  Just people taking care of business.  We did a lot of walking this day.  Almost as much as we did the day of the expo.

Landon on a bridge

Landon has been breaking his shell on this trip.  Landon and I have done a few things that I didn’t think would happen from the guy.  He even went and got foot massages with us.  By the way, Chinese foot massages. . .   Landon was in ruv.  For 48 yuan (7 or 8 dollars) you get a 115 minute massage that includes a foot washing (they soak your feet in hot water at first, to alleviate. . .  well you know, foot funk), back massage, shoulder massage, hand massage, let massage, arm massage, and the list just keeps going.  We went as a group, and none of us wanted to put shoes on at the end.  It was much needed after all the traveling we had done.  Landon has vowed to go back twice a week for the rest of his life.

China Streets

Meat drying in the sun

Paved back alleys

This was a village we went to that very un-industrialized.  Everything is pretty simple, but it’s now to the point that tourism has invaded.  They have built a fake temple with fake monks that invite you, give you incense, tell you to bow, then tell you to give them money.  It was nice to see, and was very very beautiful.  The town itself had a few damns where people would was their things, and get water from a hand pump.  It was pretty striking to me when I saw one of the workers come over the hand pump and wash his cup.  It’s a really simple act, but it was the fact that no matter how different our cultures are, and how different our ways of life are, we all wash our cups the same.  It was nice to see the similarity.

Fields of rice

Fields of rice, all picked by hand, run through a mill that is powered by foot.

1100 year old tree

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Houses

This last village we visited was a rice village that had a Kaolin mine next to it.  We got to meander through the village and see what was happening.  There were water buffalo (Andie D’s favorite) and people picking rice and putting it in a huller.  The huller was totally foot powered, and the buffalo were just sitting around munching while they were taking a break.  We saw that 1100 year old tree, and there were rocks embedded in the ground in front of it.  They were stuck down with something but I couldn’t figure out what it was.  It was hard like grout but somebody mentioned that it might be some kind of rice mixture?  Who knows, but I really wanted to know what it was.

Today I’m going to play with another mixture of clay, and see how this bit likes to throw!





Noodle 101. . .

12 09 2010

It’s been a long trip from Shanghai to Jingdezhen, but were finally here.  But before I left I discovered a few things, like noodles. . .   and their rules.

Rule # 1:  Slurping is favorable.  It lets the host and cook now you love them!

Rule #2:  Don’t pick at them, it’s rude to poke your food with chopsticks. . .

Rule #3:  When slurping spicy noodles. . .   be EXTREMELY careful not to slurp it so that it slaps upward and into you EYE!!!  Spicy noodles make a spicy eye.  (first hand experience)  Also, don’t lift hot noodles too high out of the bowl, because you might accidentally throw them at someone.  (sorry Andie-D)

This was one of the many waterfalls in this Garden.

We also visited the Shanghai Gardens and the World Expo before we left.  Camera died, so no world expo shots, however, it was amazing.  There was an installation piece about world urbanization that literally blew my mind.  I was picking my brains up off the floor.  They picked one family from all the continents but Antarctica and followed their every move.  Then they linked them.  I can’t explain the piece or do it any justice, it was an entire building large, with over 20 different rooms.

Lone standing tree. Even with the enormous crowd, it was still peaceful.

Then we got on 16 hour train ride and headed for Jingdezhen.  It was a long trip full of cards and shenanigans, and learning how to correctly pronounce beer, that took us through the country side and cities and into Jingdezhen.  There, Lee Chow and crew picked us up, helped us with our luggage and got us to where we were staying.

(R-L) Landon, Jess, Morgan (our Southern Belle), Grace, Andie-D

Now that were here we will start seeing demo’s and getting everything ready tomorrow.  We went to Chinese Wal-Mart today.  I don’t really want to do that again, it wasn’t so hot.  It was good to see, but something that kind of makes you think and ponder.  I’m off for the night, but enjoy the other pictures!

Tower with a Starbucks

Oh yeh, and today we got some Mr. Noodle. . .   videos to come.

Sky scrapers on the river