Alright, down to the business of the day: receiving my studio assignment. I’m in the common room with the other university students – there are three of them, I believe, all from West Hungary University. I met one this afternoon, her name is Mercedes (but not pronounced like that). She seemed very friendly. She really liked my blue Nike running shoes.
Here’s a picture of my space (I started making saggers today, to try to turn my porcelain black and grey):
I’m going to ask for a light tomorrow – if I can’t get one, I’m going to try to move to an area right behind the stairs, which would be more distracting, but has way more light at night.
I got four test saggers done today. I’m impatient for them to dry so I can use them! I guess I do need to make some pieces to put inside them though. 🙂
Today I had a mini breakdown while trying to make those saggers. I needed to do some calculations, for shrinkage of the clay, and my pen – my one and only pen – quit working. (Not smart, I know…) At first I thought, no big deal, I’ll just run over to the mall and buy a couple of new ones. There’s a big sign on the side of the mall for Office Max or Office Depot or Office Something. Well, I get there and it’s closed. As in, permanently closed. There was a sign on it, but I couldn’t read it. So I went to the supermarket downstairs. No pens. The pharmacy next to the supermarket. No pens. Asked the girl at the information booth if there were any stores in the mall that sold anything – anything – to write with. Nope. Anything nearby? Nope. Apparently pens are only sold in pen stores here, and I didn’t have access to one. I felt dejected and forlorn. Yes, those words are apt. I’ve never been to a grocery store or pharmacy where you couldn’t find a pen. It made me realize just how different everything is here. I decided to try walking to another supermarket I’d glimpsed yesterday. Maybe I’d get lucky and they would have something? Is the suspense killing you?? I thought so. But I’m pleased to be able to give you a happy ending! They had 2 choices of pens, 2 choices of pencils, and one pack containing one pen and one pencil. Needless to say, I bought six writing utensils. For a grand total of $2.01! Ta Da!
PS Here is my cozy little room: (It reminds me of the 3rd floor of the Craft House at Penland. Anyone else?)