I started my day with glazing some more pieces, trimming the spoons I made for Sensei the night before, and working on some monkeys for Motto Kasen (Sensei's mom). She asked me to make monkeys because next year is the year of monkeys and she believes I have very good skills (she is the sweetest). So, I hand carved one from a block of clay and then threw on the wheel to make four more. In the afternoon I worked on assembling all but one when they got to the right hardness. When I showed her the pieces she was so excited. I love it here and the people that make this place so awesome!
In the evening Megumi, Hairol, and I went to dinner then went grocery shopping. We had sushi and it was the freshest sushi I have ever had. SO VERY DELICIOUS!!! We had a great time talking and showing each other images of our favorite ceramic artists. Again, I really love getting to know everyone here.
Things are starting to slow down a little for me since there isn't much more work for me to do on my own stuff. But, I try and ask to help Megumi or Sensei with anything I can. Sensei started up the kiln at noon and it has been heating up all evening. I should be able to see my work finished very soon!!
Best wishes to everyone back home, and happy birthday to my very supportive father!