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Marsha,

For the obvara, bring one if you want the crackle surface.Not sure what clay we'll be getting. We have Sunday to make pieces burnish for the Dolce Raku and the Obvara.

 

You can help with the pulling for the obvara if you like. It is fun. Lots of splashing water. If you drop it in, there's its of steam.

Marcia

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3. Be prepared for puntura di insetto or better known as mosquito/bug bites.   ... the mountain mosquitoes were large and their bites were unpleasant.  

 

 

One of the best remedies for mosquitos are - fly swatters!!  While the air from you hands actually push the mosquitos away, air flow thru the swatters

deal the bugs a swat of death.  And while there the insect sprays, there is always those 6 mosquitos that ignore them and seem like a swarm when your

hand misses each one about 10 times.   I only hope there is some type of swatters sold in Italy.

See you later.

Alabama

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Finally I'am able to post a few pictures of the Potters Council member visit to La Meridiana in Certaldo, beginning of June. Unfortunately most of the pictures are too big for the forum (even after resizing them to the smalles possible size). I will send all the pictures to Marcia on a CD and she can send them to the participants when she's back from Italy.

Below you see pictures of a wedging and throwing demo of Pietro Maddalena, and of the Obvara firing adventure. It was a beautiful day with lots of PC members in good spirits.

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Some museums we visited in Faenza were Carlo Zauli who was a contemporary of Voulkos and very big in Japan in the 1990s.

Zauli had a traveling solo show in Japan in the 1990s including Tokyo, Kyoto, Oifu(?) and Hagi. .His outdoor work is monumental in scale.Smaller work is inside in the museum. The broken circle was a happy accident and started him on the road to abstract expressionism in clay. I like his work better than Voulkos which is a very subjective opinion. I find it more sensual and appealing.

Marcia

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