We got packed up for our bike trip today. We left all of our extra stuff in the garage of the owner of the B&B. We went via Montefiascone to have final adjustments on our bikes. We went from Montefiascone down a 5km hill to the lake. Tony had been by the lake on Monday and knew that there was the World Champion Carp Contest so we thought we would watch some of the fishermen in action. The contest is 24 hours a day for 5 days. The group we were watching had only caught one Carp for the first three days. We then made it to the town of Marta just in time for a two hour rain. We were so happy we had found a great B&B to keep us dry.
I got my watercolor sent to my Kickstarter backers. If you are expecting a watercolor they say that it may be 6 months before you get a postcard from the Italian Post Office. It took me 45 minutes to wait in the wrong line just to buy the stamps. It is good getting a feel of how things really work in Italy. My other frustration has been mailing these boxes. I have been working with Andrea, the B&B's nephew and he kept changing how to pack the pottery, when he would pick it up, whether I had an official stamp that said I was a company and then silence. Thanks to Nadia, the owner of the B&B. Se finally got tired of her nephew putting me off. She made a few calls. She called her husband. He came with a pick-up to load my pottery. We drove 2 cars to Orvieto and we ended up at the MailBox Express with a much better deal than I was quote when I ask for their price. What a relief! We will see how long it will take for me to get my pottery.
Photographed all my work from the last kiln. I ended up with about 24 new pieces. I had bowls, vases and mugs. I am showing one of the bowls I did using the selenium glazes with copper geometric designs. I boxed up all the work for the B&B nephew to pick up, but had a hard time connecting with him. I will have to contact him in the morning. I ended up with 5 boxes of ceramic pieces. The rest of the pottery will go on my carry-on.
Tony and I bike to Civita di Bagnoregio today. It is a town that has not been changed since medieval times. The only way to the town of Civita is a walking bridge from Bagnoregio.
I was hoping to unload the kiln before our bike ride today, but it was too hot. I went after the bike ride and unloaded my vases, mugs and bowls. I collected some boxes from Marino in order to mail my work back to Minnesota. The nephew of the owner of the B&B works at a company that is going to wrap each piece and ship it back.
Started the day by biking to Montefiascone to get final adjustments on our bikes for our bike trip. We decided to head down to the lake and to follow the lake back to Viceno. It was a beautiful day in the 70's and was great to have this lake on our side for most of the day.
Went to Orvieto to do more research on shipping pottery. We found a MailBox Etc. in Orvieto. It seems better to go with the shipping company that the nephew of B&B works for. I showed Tony Marino's installation. I got a few close up pictures of the tiles. . There are totally 220 tiles that make up the entire installation.
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Loading my last vases and bowls in the kiln today. I am working with the nephew of the owner of the B&B because he works with a shipping company. We are trying to figure out the best size boxes for the best price. Rain on and off this afternoon. Tony and I went for a walk down a great old road out of Viceno that brought us past vineyards and olive trees.
My six weeks are just about over and I have been hauling around all these keys to Viceno. It is amazing that in some places you have a small key card. I had to give an ode to all of these keys that have become home in my bowl titled "Keys". I will soon be giving back all of these keys and getting my old key ring back. I finished this glazing on Tuesday. Everything is glazed and now I need to wait to see how it turns out. I have been researching shipping on the internet tonight. Tony and I are going to go to Orvieto tomorrow to find out more details on shipping.