Day 34: Melting
We made things out of gold. The furnace actually worked, concentrating
most of the gold into globules. Jonathan then set out to melt them
using a carbon arc and then carve a final product.
In terms of
the earrings, Kathy and I had a ball heating, bashing, stippling
and polishing. Amazingly enough, the earrings really look good.
The rich color and luster of New Zealand gold is quite striking.
We left the shapes organic, allowing the materials and tools to
dictate edges and textures. We tried to attach garnets to the center
of each koru, but the glue we had didn't stick, and we couldn't
make nice mounting holes the gold was too thin. So it goes.
last three days were quite pleasant, too. Neither Kathy nor I are
practised artists or craftspeople. Instead, we both approach the
challenges with a bit of planning, the desire to do a good job,
and a lot of enthusiasm. We figure if we aren't having fun
and figuring it out, we aren't doing it right. Plus, we add
several amusement breaks into each day; they usually involve dancing,
singing and laughing heartily. It's also kind of nice to know
someone in a different part of the world will be wearing the other
earring of a one-of-a-kind set that you made together. Hoorah!
Good day! Good program! Good series!
Ever woken up after a fabulous night and just been happy to be alive?
It's an elated, yet warm feeling, festive with acceptance
of self and others.
The party for
this series started early 6:30 pm so everyone was dancing up
a storm by 8 pm. Even better, all of our new friends from Franz
Josef who helped with the series showed up to celebrate with us
laughing, dancing and creating general merriment.
in transition; not here, nor there; trying to get somewhere. I want
to be doing things or being with people during transition times.
For this series it took four days from the end of the shoot to actually
be home. Some of us cleaned up the sawmill the day after the party,
and then we all met for a great hangi, Maori barbecue, hosted by
Robin, the owner of the sawmill. The next day we headed for Christchurch,
a six-hour journey by car. We didn't fly out until the afternoon
of the next day. Then it is about 24 hours of air travel. Lots of
hanging on, waiting, wanting to stay, yet longing to get back to
our typical realities. Jonathan and I had some really nice talks
during this transition period. He's wonderful at reflecting
on experiences and allowing them to be, while growing from them.
Kathy and I laughed and laughed. You also have touching moments
with almost everyone else as well, remembering a fantastic piece
of the trip that we shared together. Funny how we spend so much
time together for 40 consecutive days and then we leave to perhaps
see each other in passing during the year, or, in my case as I live
in the US, maybe next year if we're hired back for a new series.
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