Monday, November 10, 2008

The Rice Man

Brad and Sheng Jie went for a bike ride out to the country side to talk with some rice farmers about letting Brad use some ash from the rice husks. This farmer was nice enough to even burn the husks for him! This is his field and him working hard.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The "Ice King and Queen"...kind of...

Between NCECA and having to teach we had little time to prepare for Halloween. A party was on the schedule and many people were expecting one! So Kerrie (another English teacher) and I threw together a party over night. In between shopping for snacks and painting decorations we had little time to prepare a costume. Brad looked around and found bubble wrap, and so we made do with what we had becoming the "Ice King and Queen". Brad shaved his beard into a goatee (which I am trying to convince him to keep:-), we cut out quick crowns and painted jewels on them then wrapped bubble wrap around our bodies and called it a day. Not the best costumes ever but still a lot of fun.


Here we are on Halloween celebrating with some of our favorite friends. They are all good sports about this very strange holiday! Up top is our good friends who helped us to get here in the first place, and put up with us! In the middle is Brad with some friends including Hu Jun and Jiang ShengJie who have both spent time in America. Below Karlee and I are dancing with the cooks who always provide us with some good "home cooking" Chinese style.

Monday, November 3, 2008

NCECA-National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

Many different artists and guests from NCECA, from all over the world. If you look closely you can spot Brad in a couple and his work!

Ceramic Fair

The Ceramic Fair was the beginning of a very long three weeks filled with many ceramic and NCECA events! Most of these pictures are at the opening ceremony. However, one of the pictures is me with a women dressed in traditional Mongolian clothing. I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy some traditional Mongolian music and even hear a little blue grass from the states.