Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Greetings from Mike Weber

Mike Weber’s 2010 Anagama Wood-Fire Workshop

I just finished conducting my 14-day 2010 Anagama Wood-Fire Workshop in Herbster, Wisconsin. There was one participant from Australia and the others were from different parts of the United States. All of the pieces fired were created during the workshop. It was a very successful firing with a great group of people. The work really looked good and everyone was happy. I was fortunate enough to create some Hikidashi-Guro tea bowls during the firing.
Currently, I am working in my studio preparing for another firing of my own work.
-Mike Weber
Lightning the kiln.
Pulling Hikidashi-Guro from the Kiln.
Hikidashi-Guro Cooling.
Hikidashi-Guro Cooled.
2010 Workshop Group.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Truthseekers @ The Local 269 on June 23rd

That was so nice to see you all.
We had no drummer for this gig but, that was so tight and all of us are so close on the stage.
-1 makes thing +1 sometimes right ?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Harem-125th street Station . Have you ever seen?

Last Saturday, when I was trying to get the Grand Central Station there was no downtown service at the time.
I got an idea to take uptown train to get Harem- 125th street station instead of taking a buss to the Grand Central Station.
That was so quick than I thought and found out interesting details of this station.
The entrance of the station is on the 125th street ,under the railroad.
There are traffic jam always I usually looked from the train.
It is so clean and nice details of interior design, some people are waiting their train comes.
Do you know there is " The National Jazz Museum in Harem" we can see it from the platform?
Here is my train comes!
I gotta go back to home now.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Babe Ruth Tunnel !

My house is very close to along the Bronx River Parkway where I previously posted on my blog as "Bycycle Sundays".
And there is a small tunnel called " Babe Ruth Tunnel" right on the corner of the Leewood Country Club.
This tunnel is so convenience to get through to the Bronx River Parkway and looks also nice!
I love it! I couldn't find his name anywhere by the tunnel, however, people call it "Babe Ruth Tunnel".

According to the Leewood CC's website, the tunnel leading to the Bronx River Parkway next to our front entrance was put there, so Ruth could make a quick exit from the golf course to Yankee Stadium....

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What's going on?

I was walking on the platform of Metro North at Grand Central Station yesterday.
I saw it.
The word " THELONIUS MONK" is on the side of one of the car !!
What's this?
As you know Thelonius Monk is one of the greatest pianist of American jazz.
I have googled about this today and found many other names on cars of Metro North and any of them were so interesting.
For instance, there are name of Storm King,Half Moon,Tear of the cloud ,Clearwater, The Mahican, Working Class Hero and more. By the way, My favorite is the "Working Class Hero".

I should be more careful to find out Duke Ellington's name on the "A" train every time when I use subway.
They should have his name on the "A" train, right ?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Ao" at Joan B Mirviss LTD

I was at Joan B Mirviss Gallery on 78th street and Madison Avenue yesterday.
That was opening reception of "AO"(Blue) exhibition.
I brought my friend "the Small Giant" Ms Kimiyo Mishima from Japan who is famous sculptor from Osaka Japan.
I think this gallery is the best for Japanese contemporary ceramic in New York.
We had a good time in the gallery.

Mishima-sensei and Galleriest Akie-san.

Many different artist's works in "AO"(Blue).
This blue celadon pieces are by Masamichi Yoshikawa.

Joan who is the owner of this Gallery, talking to Mr &Mrs Abe.

That was so nice to see and talk to the people.
Thank you very much for wonderful show, Joan and Gallery stuffs!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bronx River Parkway Bicycle Sunday !

Do you know Bronx River Parkway in Westchester ?
They are open for the bicycle on Sundays.
We were there with my son Yu and his buddy Andy.
It's a great feeling to speed down the Bronx River Parkway, on the road usually just for cars!
As we ride along the Parkway, we find an ice cream truck.
Perfect time to cool down with ice cream!
Join us when you are free.
See you on the road!
May 2, 9, 16, 23
June 6, 13, 20, 27
September 12, 19, 26
10 am to 2 pm

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"Hikidashi Kuro" Mike's New Black Tea Bowl how it's made

Mike Weber is firing in his red pine forest.
"Hikidashi" translates to "pulling out"from the kiln during the firing process when the temperature is extremely high.
This is one of the traditional techniques used to achieve the Black glaze tea bowl, known as "Hikidashi Kuro"
Look at that! it's glowing bright red!!
As it cools off you can see the darkening of the glaze.
And finally, the finished product.
"Hikidashi Kuro" Tea Bowl is so beautiful!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flea Market at Poccono, PA

How's your Memorial Weekend?
That was great wether for activities at outside.

We stopped by a Flea Market right before we got hotel.
That was only few minutes visit but was so fan!
Some fresh vegetables were also under the big tent.

I always love to see old tools .
I almost get this "mower" that has nice curved broom.

Here is my result,
I got 2 wrenches and a key!