19.5.19

Rice fields of Bali



There are so many rice fields in Bali, and as far as you can see! And one of them was the UNESCO heritage one called the Jatiluwih that I have already covered in my posts here, here, here or here

These rice fields that I am covering now, is in two different parts of Bali, they are as grant as each.

14.5.19

Potter's Life: hobby and earning extra!

Doing a potteryis at first—an understanding of what would be the process of the whole scheme to come to a product that is becoming a ceramic piece. For me, learning a process is a way to understand how something can be done and adding knowledge to myself on how something can reach to its final point.

Along the way of learning the whole process; I absorbs the how and what and all the things in between to come to a certain style that I wanted to create for my own personal pleasure. Wipe that dirty mind of yours!  What I wanted to explain is, that I love an irregular shape, one-of-a-kind shape that I created instead of industrial-mass-production items that is out there in the market (I started to like a lot of Japanese ceramics too). This is how "Wonky Pots" was created.
After hoarding my own creations and have no clue of what to do with them; a friend of mine was asking if I wanted to sell them in the artisan market that she regularly joined. It was a whole lot of pieces and a huge pile of ceramic; but I discovered, people love them.
And so... I keep making, because 'makers gonna make!'
And I am earning extra from my hobby! 



9.5.19

White water rafting in Bali

If you are an adventurous person and love the outdoors, white water rafting might be something that you should try in Bali. The activities are located in 3 different rivers, namely Sungai Ayung (Sungai = River), Sungai Telaga Waja and Sungai Melangit. There are about a hundred rafting company. Make sure to join the one that has the longest route! For me personally, I love the Telaga Waja River. However, these pictures are from my latest experience on Ayung River.



4.5.19

Potter's Life: Behind the story of my Ocean collection


What is the story behind my ocean collection? 
First and foremost is my love to the ocean; and then how I have grown to learn that homo sapiens can be such destroyers of planet earth.
It was one fine Sunday that I've spent swimming in my fave spot, when I was trapped in this food plastic pack while swimming and facing the bottom of the ocean. Of course it was just a little bit more then an ankle deep, but this plastic pack has no business to choke me.
I swam almost every week at the same spot, a clean one, I even know exactly what time this sea snake will cross. Same snake! I know!!
More and more plastic packs in all sort of variations swimming along with me.
I felt disgusted, as if I swam in a huge dumpster with water filled up to the brim.
Long story short, I practiced reduce and reuse in my life, you can see some of the pointers here 

pictured here: Seline harvesting the black beach sand that I will mix to the clay body





The blue in this collection representing the color of the ocean of course, and the sand is literally representing the ocean. A few of this collection has been sold out and restocked. I am simply beyond happy!

thank you for stopping by and reading the post....
xxx

29.4.19

Randomly



It has been a long while since my last "Randomly" post; to those that have seen my randomly post before, would know that it is about many things that I heard, places I went, people I've met—that touched my life. I am striving to stay awake to be in the moment, soak on the smell, mentally captured what I saw and listen's to the sound—snap I went to capture these moments as they come.

"True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding." ~Ellen G. White
I just love this quotes, I can quote it over and over...


24.4.19

Potter's life: Japanese tea ceremony


The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha the powdered green tea.


There are two main ways of preparing matcha for tea consumption: thick (濃茶 koicha) and thin (薄茶 usucha), as the terms imply, koicha is a thick blend of matcha and hot water that requires about three times as much tea to the equivalent amount of water than usucha. To prepare usucha, matcha and hot water are whipped using the tea whisk (茶筅 chasen), while koicha is kneaded with the whisk to smoothly blend the large amount of powdered tea with the water.




On this particular pottery workshop that I did with Shozo Michikawa sensei, each workshop participants must produce 1 chawan (tea bowl) for the Tea Ceremony that will be held at the end of the pottery workshop.

Tea bowls (chawan) are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, and different styles are used for thick and thin tea. Shallow bowls, which allow the tea to cool rapidly, are used in summer; deep bowls are used in winter. Bowls are frequently named by their creators or owners, or by a tea master. Bowls over four hundred years old are in use today, but only on unusually special occasions. The best bowls are thrown by hand, and some bowls are extremely valuable. Irregularities and imperfections are prized: they are often featured prominently as the "front" of the bowl.