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Hanging Around

November 12, 2012

I did a lot of crafting while living in South Korea and I came back with  a ton of things to put on the wall.  It included things I had made, things I had bought and gifts that were given to me.  I had my chilbo (Korean enameling) put onto a handmade frame while in Korea knowing I wanted to make a collage on one of my walls back home.  Rocketman helped me set these up.

On Sunday, I spent the afternoon working on hanji with the Hanji Crew.  I had hinted (asked) Rocketman that it would be wonderful to get everything put up on the walls while I was away. This is where I wanted my chilbo collection to go.

 He got to it while I was away and he placed these on the wall for me.  The center is a chilbo piece I did and the other two were made by my Korean bodyguard who is also an expert in wood carving.

 He also did this over the television which included the copper painting done by my friend, Metal Guy.  I made the chilbo on the left and I was gifted the chilbo on the right by a dear friend.

He even managed to place this painting that was a going away gift from his co-workers.  I forgot the guy’s name but he was a friend of Buddha.

And here is my chilbo collection.  I was so surprised at all the work Rocketman did while I was gone.  We both LOVE how everything turned out.  I think Rocketman was a little surprised at how may nails he had to put into the walls.


Crazy Wednesday! Part 2

January 27, 2012

I arrived at chilbo an hour late and to my surprise Metal Guy was already there.  He had designed and made me a butterfly (nabi) brooch.  Since I was so late, he painted it for me while I worked on another project.

                                           This is what it looked like before it went into the kiln.

                             He even fired it for me.  Usually Nan-Young does all the firing.

            Here is what it looked like immediately after being taken out of the kiln.

                           Here it is after a little more cooling, about 30 seconds or so.

 And here it is in all it’s glory.  He did a great job and here I thought all he did was metalwork.

This is what I was working on.  Nan-Young had me hammer some copper pieces and then I applied the enamel.

                                         Nan-Young also made these for me as gifts.

                                           She also painted the gourd I had gotten at hanji class.

Then it was off to dinner!  It was a cold walk but the restaurant was really warm.  This is Nan-Young with her boyfriend.

                                             Here is Young-Soo with her boyfriend.

                                  Nan-Young was taking a picture of the two of them.

                                  The arrival of the side dishes!!  They put the kimchi right in front of me.

Then came a kimchi jeon (pancake).  Nan-Young started to cut it with a scissors but Young-Soo stopped her and wanted me to eat like a Korean.  I couldn’t agree more.

They had also ordered a fish soup.  I’m not a big fan of Korean soups that contain fish and not because they taste bad because they are delicious.  It’s the fish bones that I am so afraid of.  Even the insides of the fish were in the soup and of course, they wanted to put them into my bowl.  No thank you. Young-Soo and Nan-Young gave me pieces of fish that did not contain any bones but I was still pretty nervous.  Young-Soo even took a part of the spine and was sucking the meat out of it.  I was so scared for her and she thought I was hilarious for being so concerned.

                                 Then the waitress brought out this piece of dough.

                     And ripped it up and placed it into the pot where the remains of the soup were.

                             Here is what my bowl looked like.  It tasted just like a noodle.

 My bodyguard came late and had to point out this work of his.  He says it’s very ancient Chinese characters.  Yeah, right.

I had to use the restroom and this is what I found on the bathroom wall. I guess that’s how they sell beer in Korea.

 My bodyguard gave me this picture of him being a Master.  I’m not sure what martial arts he is a Master in but he is intimidating.  He says if I’m ever in trouble just to call and he will defend me.  Pretty cool!

                                        I bought this for Rocketman from my bodyguard.

He also gave me this picture of a bird.  I wanted to buy it also but he wouldn’t let me.

Here he is with Nan-Young.  After we finished dinner, we went back to Nan-Young’s shop and Metal Guy gave me a ride home.  I was really, really trying not to cry but as the goodbyes started so did my tears.  I will miss them soooooo much.

Korean Chilbo (Enameling) Class

January 11, 2012

This is what I’ve been working on in chilbo the last few weeks.  It’s all about blending or gradation according to my teacher, Nan-Young. 

This is what another student did.  I’m nowhere near doing this kind of work and I don’t think I ever will be.  I don’t have the patience.
Metal guy was at Nan’s today and gave me a ride home.  We are working on a project together that I’ll reveal when I return to the States.  I can’t wait to show you.
Tomorrow is my final set of miniature classes.  We’re making some more Korean street food and I can’t wait!

Chilbo (Korean Enameling) Class

January 4, 2012

Last week I had two chilbo classes, on Wednesday and on Friday.  While I was working on this (and I think I’m getting better)…

Nan-Young was painting on hanji shoes.  She did it so fast and I was distracted a lot.  I  couldn’t take my eyes off of her paintbrush.

I had a pair of hanji shoes at home that my hanji teacher had given me and so I brought them to class to see in Nan-Young could work her magic on them.

She even painted on the inside of mine.  A Taiwanese couple came in with their teenage daughter and they were speaking English.  They wanted to a pair of the hanji shoes but they wanted some painting on the inside like mine even though they had not seen mine.  I saw Nan-Young struggling so I stepped in to help and I showed the couple my newly painted hanji shoes.

That was exactly what they wanted and I told them that she could paint them in a few minutes.  They wanted them so I told Nan-Young and she laughed and began to paint.  The family was so happy with the results.  I’m thinking she will be painting all the hanji shoes that she has.

It’s always a special time when this little cutie patottie shows up with her mama.  Her mom is also a chilbo student and helps Nan-Young out from time to time.  She used to be afraid of me but we have hung out together a few times and now we are fast friends.

Four weeks from today we will be returning to the U.S.  I knew we would have to return but I never thought the year would just fly by.  I’m afraid that’s what is going to happen with the rest of this month.

Chilbo (Korean Enameling) Class

December 23, 2011

I am having a really hard time with blending (Koreans call it gradation).  It’s defintely a technique that takes practice.  This is my second attempt and I think I am improving ever so slowly.

                                        Here it is against the original drawing by Nan Young’s teacher.

Nan Young also surprised me with a big container of homemade kimchi, made by her sister.  Now that’s how they show their love here in South Korea.  It was the best Christmas present ever!!  My kimchi refrigerator is now full of kimchi.

I couldn’t wait to get it home and try it out.  It was delicious but very, very spicy.  I’m used to spice here and it really made my mouth burn for a long time.  Yummy!!

Chilbo (Korean Enameling) Class

December 4, 2011

 Chilbo this week was all about blending. I found it incredible difficult and frustrating. But hey, sometimes that is just what I need, to be pulled out of my comfort zone. The one on the left is mine and the one on the right is Nan’s. I loved hers, mine not so much. This is what they looked like before firing.

 This is what they looked like after firing.  I know it will take practice to get good at this new technique.  She wants me to try doing a portrait but I don’t even want to think about trying that at this point.
                                                     This is what another student had done.

Nan’s building front was getting a facelift when I was there on Friday.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like when they are done.

Rocketman was in Japan all of last week returning on Saturday afternoon.  He found out while in Japan that he needed to go to Taiwan so he left for Taiwan this morning.  He was home just long enough for me to wash, dry(hang drying for the most part), and iron his clothes.  I’m hoping the craziness ends soon for him.

Chilbo (Korean Enameling) Class

November 25, 2011

 I had two chilbo classes this week, Wednesday and Friday.  I worked in silver today and made these butterfly earrings.

                                                      I also made these flower earrings.

 On Wednesday, I worked with ceramic pieces.  This is what they looked like when I left class on Wednesday.

                                And this is what they looked like after firing and adding the findings.

 Nan-Young also gave me my invitation to my latest exhibition that will be at the Hwaseong Fortress.  I can’t tell you the last time anyone referred to me as “precious.”  I quite like it.

This was the inside of the invitation.  It starts next Wednesday and runs through December 10th.  I’m starting to lose count to how many exhibitions I’ve been in which is a wonderful feeling.

Tomorrow we are off to Seoul for a Thanksgiving dinner.  We are so looking forward to it.

Chilbo (Korean Enameling) Class

November 19, 2011

 I made a sunflower on Friday in chilbo class.  Rocketman was home so he drove me to chilbo.  It’s always great when I can get a ride instead of taking the bus.  Riding city buses is a lot like surfing.  When I have to stand (which happens a lot), I plant my feet perpendicular to each other, bend my knees and hold on for dear life.  I don’t hold onto the loops but to the actual metal bar.  You have much more control that way. The bus drivers seem to love their petals, gas and brakes.  They roar up to the stop, slam on the brakes and as soon as the last passenger climbs into the bus, they hit the gas like they are in a drag race.  I can’t imagine how often these buses need brake pads replaced, maybe once a month.

Anyway, the photo above is a picture of Nan-Young, my chilbo teacher, taking a picture of my masterpiece.

Here it is.  I was surprised to see Metal Guy at Nan’s and he stayed for my whole class and then drove me home.  He seems to be coming around about once a month and it’s the only time that I get to see him.  He had some more pictures on his Smartphone of brooches he was working on for Namdaemun customers.  I wish he brought the actual pieces in so I could take pictures to show you how talented he is.

Chilbo (Korean Enameling) Class

November 17, 2011

 I finished the tigers.  They turned out great.  They are getting framed and I should have them back next Wednesday.

I finished class early and Rocketman had a dinner so I walked past my bodyguard’s shop and sure enough, he was in.  I went in and sat with him for awhile.  He told me there is another exhibition next Wednesday at the fortress.  He said that Nan-Young, my chilbo teacher, and everyone would be participating.  I wondered if that would include me.

He also told me that afterwards he was going to drink a lot of soju.  We had had a recent discussion about how his wife does not like him drinking and I brought that up.  He said that he was a Korean man and that is what Korean men do.

I would have stayed longer because his shop is full of eye candy scattered throughout but a group of potential customers made their way in.  I told him I would see him later and left.

Rocketman is finally feeling better from a nasty cold but it decided to invade me.  Luckily, we have some Nyquil and it looks like it’s going to be a Nyquil night.  It’s a really bad time for me to be sick.  I have chilbo class on Friday, miniature class on Sunday, hanji on Monday, bojagi on Tuesday, chilbo on Wednesday, miniature class on Thursday and chilbo on Friday.  It’s a particularly busy week.  But then, is there ever a good time to be sick.

Chilbo (Korean Enameling) Class

November 13, 2011
On Friday, I had my second chilbo class of the week and continued working on the three tigers.  They are looking great.

Here is a shot of Nan’s studio, looking from her work area.  When I arrived on Friday, she was busy with a bunch of Japanese tourists.

I also took a little video of Nan-Young adding her magic to one of the tigers.  She knew I was videoing and if I remember  correctly she started to sing along with the radio as I was taping, which is something she does often during class.