The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Perhaps this is not on the other hand or maybe it is. I am getting excited now. The past few weeks my students have been designing and constructing their gingerbread houses to go on display down town at PPG Place. Last year was the first for this project and it was really fun to work our asses off making these things, eating some of the candy (I had too many gummy bears), and then going down after school in December to see the Wintergarden, their creations, ice skate and devour Primanti Brother's sandwiches. So on Friday I delivered our gingerbread houses as they were completed this week. The sweet sugary smell of frosting has probably dissipated from my classroom by now, along with the ants who marched in to find an open package of cookies. Okay so next year I will add zip-lock bags to my shopping list.
Paths in Clay, a novel
Paths in Clay is a coming-of-age story about Jack, Allan, and Miller; three friends who return to the “palace”, a place where they studied Koh Loh ceramics, an ancient clay tradition passed on from an extinct culture.
When finished with studies, one must depart from the palace and venture out, not returning until they have established a direction or "path" as a clay artist.
Ten years have passed since they left their great Koh Loh Master Potter. Reminiscing about their days as students, Jack, Allan, and Miller embark on their anticipated return to the palace, during a ceremonial kiln firing and celebration - a time when the Master Potter’s former students, their students, friends, and friends of friends all come together to fire their pottery in several wood-fire kilns.
The journey takes them far from their humid tropical region home of the lower peninsula and delivers them to the bitter season of the snowy highlands. When the three men arrive, Jack is face-to-face with his palace-time girlfriend, Kirsten. She informs the three men that their master has grown ill. Amidst a celebration, among old friends, Jack, Allan, and Miller will discover the true nature of their friendships and complete one cycle of their lives and enter the passageway to another. The choices they make will forge ahead a renewed purpose as their roles in clay traditions confirm their paths; passing on Koh Loh clay to the next generations of potters.