Approximately 20 days left. Already this brings a heaviness to my heart. My time away brings the awareness forward… While in the end I was in love with Taos, New Mexico I was happy to move on, break up. Iceland feels profound, like coming home. Like my first time visiting Taos. And while I enjoy Reykjavik, the country is where I long to be.
That said, yesterday I returned to Gullkistan after a wonderful visit with Sigrún Ólöf Einarsdóttir and her gorgeous house and studio on the beach in Kjalarnes. Sigrún spoiled me with her incredible hospitality and generosity. I met her sister and collaborative partner, Ólla. It was great discussing glass with Sigrún as well as various materials, methods, the art world, her travels to India.
THIS is a tricky topic. I have read many books that I could call a favourite. And, I am certain there are many I have yet to read or may never read, that would be considered favourites. One thing is for certain, I love to read.
While some of my friends read a book or two a week!! I read in clumps. Generally once year, I just suddenly find myself reading in mass. An annual book binge. While it felt like book binge time was coming on a month ago, it was merely a false reading. Hahaaaerrrr. ;) Perhaps it has to do (this current non-reading) with my learning a new language and focussing on that? However, I have been kind of skimming Alexandra Horowitz’s, On Looking; a walker’s guide to the art of observation. Cant say yet whether it is a fav, but will keep you posted. :)
That said, I really enjoyed Radix and have been thoroughly surprised this book hasn’t been film optioned. Radix is about transformation. A bit metaphysical.. anti-hero turned hero. Read it in the 80’s, with Vangelis’ Spiral playing on repeat. Revisited it in the mid 90’s and believe I am due a re-read again! IF you are into the Sci Fi genre, please check it out.
Meanwhile, please check out my colleagues and was their favourite read(s) are!
Vatn means water.
I split taxi faire with two artists also heading to Gullkistan. Turns out Gull means: gold. Kistan means chest. Chest of gold (think pirate treasure) is where I am staying and that is the name of one of the mountains near-by.
Day 2 (Gullkistan): Everyone went to bed early last night. it was nice to be alone in the studio space… though I ended up crashing fairly early as well.
Good morning, evening, afternoon!
This will be the last post written in Canada! Woo Hoo! I am on my way to Laugarvatn (LOYgarVOTn) tonight at 9pm EST. Still packing up final items, saying goodbye to various people and grabbing this and that from the nano-studio!
Next update from Reykjavík! So, I will leave you with an all time classic sung & played by the originators, also one of my FAVS! Bless!!
Finally fired up the prototype Oven (Icelandic: Ofn) and everything was going smoothly… around 800f the kiln shelf cracked. Thankfully I had set it on a tripod configuration so everything remained stable. The pyrometer seemed to have difficulties at certain temps or staying on. Not sure what was up there- need to check the booklet that came with it. I would occasionally get an OL reading and turn it off then back on – it would start up again. It took approximately 1 hr to reach 1523f a bit longer than I like, but the speed is also what caused the shelf to crack! That said, I let everything burn at 1523 for a good 20+ minutes, glowing orange-white I decided the time had arrived.
Now I smell like a campfire! Time to shower- again and head into town! I have classes to teach! :)
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