Sunday, 28 September 2008
So Much Like Home I Almost Forgot I Was In China
Today was the best day of the whole venture hands down. I started the day at 6 am down at the kiln. I finished in the same location except the last cone was down. There is such a comfort I feel when I am wood firing anything I immediately associate home, food, and people I love. I got so in the zone today that I would walk away from the kiln yard and suddenly remember I was in China. I my mind was in such a comfortable state that I completely forgot I was in an unfamiliar location. There is such an eerie magic to wood firing that I can not let go. After today I know I am going to wood fire with my life. The love I have for it is too strong to do anything else. I am so ready to start building a kiln when I get back. I am so excited I cant stop thinking about it. Wood firing brings people together. That is one of the main things I love, and when people get together there has to be good food. I though of pound cake many times today, but this day ended just right. Some of our ladies made spaghetti for supper tonight. It was hard for them to find the ingredients, but it was definitely spaghetti. I ate two large plates full, and I could not stop smiling the whole time. I licked the plate clean when I finished. Food like that in a place like this is something you can't put a price on. I said a long prayer of thanksgiving before gorging myself in a chinese american feast. The feelings I had today were home cooked and absolutely wonderful. I have made so many life long friendships here too. This is the best place in the world for a potter like me right now.