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Happy New Year! Our artisan pottery arrived!

Does the new year start in February? Well, close enough, I obviously was accounting for Lunar New Year as well. It seems that I’ve had some pretty lazy holiday period as I have not even set foot near this site since my last post about Japan.

Finished pottery

Finished pottery

Well, not much to say here, we’ve just been doing the regular old domestic thing, going to the beach on nice, sunny days, and painting a room over the xmas break, and having my birthday. And it just so happened that our semi-artisan finished pottery arrived just in time. So it turned into a birthday present for Emmy as well as myself.

I said in the post about the actual pottery class, that he may only have sent 3-4 items, but he managed to fit the whole set into the box, which was great. Unfortunately, once of the bowls (Emmy’s middle bowl) had a crack at the top and I had to super glue it back on (imperfectly) but that just added to the wabi sabi nature of the bowls.

We’ve put them in our room and it’s pretty unlikely that we’ll be using them for anything other than display, but you never know. The finish on Emmy’s big bowl (the rough one) is definitely my favourite, and of the remaining ones, my little tea/sake cup has a similar finish which is good, and Emmy’s third bowl (the glossy green bowl) are my other favourites.

The bowls themselves are pretty ordinary but they’re really nice to have and bring back good memories just looking at them. I mean apart from the shape being all wonky (mine are anyway), we can safely call these artisan pieces, since Shigeru Sensei finished the bottom as well as the coating (or maybe he outsourced it to a student?) and he’s definitely no novice. Here’s the complete set from a few different angles.

  • Finished pottery
    Finished pottery
  • Finished pottery
    Finished pottery
  • Finished pottery
    Finished pottery
  • Finished pottery
    Finished pottery

That’s all for now, hmm, this might be shaping up to be a slow year on the dtraCorp front, let’s try and get things moving a bit, although my neck/back is pretty crook at the moment so not sure anything’s going to be happening in the short term.

 

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Vietnam for Tet

Because I hate WordPress so much, I won’t even bother typing all the stuff we did cos I know that I’ll find a way to accidentally press back in the browser and everything will be gone again:

  • Halong Bay is beautiful but needs to be explored on a luxury boat on a 3 day, 2 night tour (including kayaking which is super fun).
  • Hoan Kiem Lake is beautiful at night, as opposed to quite dull during the day.
  • Bun Bo Hue in Hue is not as good as Bun Bo Hue in Melbourne.
  • The old palace in Hue is not great, but worth visiting.
  • Paradise Cave (Dong Thien Duong) is definitely worth visiting although a long drive from Hue (four hours).
  • Tet in Vietnam (or at least before new year passes) is awesome, wish I took more pictures.

I wish the pictures didn’t load so badly (I mean it doesn’t even rotate iphone pictures properly >:(), but WordPress is really not working for me lately, any way, this is a bit of a preview, I will start uploading pictures from Vietnam to flickr next week while they are still reasonably fresh and in context, and catch up on the Japan photos after that.

  • Mammoth Peach Blossom, Hoan Kiem Lake
    Mammoth Peach Blossom, Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Van Mieu Rooftop
    Van Mieu Rooftop
  • Turtle Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake
    Turtle Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Roof of some building at the Imperial Palace, Hue
    Roof of some building at the Imperial Palace, Hue
  • A gate at the Imperial Palace, Hue
    A gate at the Imperial Palace, Hue
  • Dong Thien Duong (Paradise Cave)
    Dong Thien Duong (Paradise Cave)
  • Road to Dong Thien Duong
    Road to Dong Thien Duong
  • Vincom Center behind a government building, Saigon
    Vincom Center behind a government building, Saigon
  • Tet Fireworks, Stark Tower on the right
    Tet Fireworks, Stark Tower on the right
  • Little Flowers
    Little Flowers
  • Bo, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and me
    Bo, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and me

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