Italy 2014

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10/1 Bike Trip…Day 1…Viceno to Marta

Posted on: October 4th, 2014 by

 

Day 1 of Bike Trip.  We went from Viceno to Montefiascone  and then onto Marta.

Day 1 of Bike Trip. We went from Viceno to Montefiascone and then onto Marta.

Boat out on Lake Bolsena.  They are part of the the World  Champion Carp Fishing Contest.

Boat out on Lake Bolsena. They are part of the the World Champion Carp Fishing Contest.

A square in Marta.  We are stopping to check a map to find our B&B..

A square in Marta. We are stopping to check a map to find our B&B..

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.

10/30 Watercolors and boxes mailed!

Posted on: October 4th, 2014 by

 

Watercolors of Italy ready to send to my Kickstarter backers at the Orvieto Post Office.

Watercolors of Italy ready to send to my Kickstarter backers at the Orvieto Post Office.

Boxes delivered to MailBox Express in  Orvieto.

Boxes delivered to MailBox Express in Orvieto.

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.

9/29 Photographed and boxed artwork

Posted on: October 4th, 2014 by

 

Photographed on of my   bowls  before boxing it up.

Photographed on of my bowls before boxing it up.

Packing 5 boxes of pottery in my bike storage area.

Packing 5 boxes of pottery in my bike storage area.

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.

9/28 Civita and Unloaded last kiln

Posted on: October 4th, 2014 by

 

Tony walking from Civita.

Tony walking from Civita.

One of my bike vases from the kiln.

One of my bike vases from the kiln.

Vases and cups from the last firing

Vases and cups from the last firing

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.

9/27 Around Lake Bolsena

Posted on: September 27th, 2014 by

 

Bike to Montefiascone and then continued clockwise around the lake and back to VIceno.

Bike to Montefiascone and then continued clockwise around the lake and back to VIceno.

The top tower of Montefiascone.

The top tower of Montefiascone.

Biking by Capodimonte.

Biking by Capodimonte.

Looking back at Capodimonte.

Looking back at Capodimonte.

Always looking at the map and at signs.

Always looking at the map and at signs.

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.

9/26 Orvieto

Posted on: September 27th, 2014 by

 

Tony looking at Marino's installation in Orvieto.

Tony looking at Marino's installation in Orvieto.

Close up of one of the fire images.

Close up of one of the fire images.

Close up of one of the water images.

Close up of one of the water images.

Close up of one of the earth images.

Close up of one of the earth images.

Exploring the streets of Orvieto.

Exploring the streets of Orvieto.

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.

9/25 Loading kiln and box up

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by

 

My Bowls on the top of the kiln door

My Bowls on the top of the kiln door

Bowls and vases ready to lead in the kiln

Bowls and vases ready to lead in the kiln

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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.

9/24 My Keys

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by

 

My six keys to Viceno.

My six keys to Viceno.

Inside of the  bowl showing my 6 keys.

Inside of the bowl showing my 6 keys.

Outside of the bowl with my 6 keys

Outside of the bowl with my 6 keys

My room key for the  B&B.

My room key for the B&B.

Key to door for my bike storage.

Key to door for my bike storage.

blurry bike key pictures

blurry bike key pictures

Outside key for the B&B

Outside key for the B&B

Key for internet.

Key for internet.

You can see the padlock hanging on the door for the studio key.

You can see the padlock hanging on the door for the studio key.

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.

9/21 New work from the Kiln

Posted on: September 21st, 2014 by

 

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Here are three of my pieces from the kiln. I have been busy glazing today. I will keep this short because I have to have everything glazed by Tuesday.

9/20 Marino’s Opening at the Library.

Posted on: September 20th, 2014 by

 

People waiting outside the Orvieto  library for the unveiling of  the installation.

People waiting outside the Orvieto library for the unveiling of the installation.

Presentation in the library by the Mayor, the Library Director and Marino.  Marino is the short one with the black shirt on.

Presentation in the library by the Mayor, the Library Director and Marino. Marino is the short one with the black shirt on.

Someone taking a picture of his installation.

Someone taking a picture of his installation.

People watching the band.

People watching the band.

Good Italian snacks and wine.

Good Italian snacks and wine.

People sitting on the new installation.

People sitting on the new installation.

Just a reminder of the way the installation looked without the people.

Just a reminder of the way the installation looked without the people.

Catalog showing each of the 200 tiles installation and explaining their connection to the 4 elements.

Catalog showing each of the 200 tiles installation and explaining their connection to the 4 elements.