100 Happy Days / 89: Farewell!

Yesterday, we sold our very first piece of art.

Over a delicious dinner, my two old schoolmates Lynn and Charles (and their little Natalie) became owners of one of my favorite pieces, a lovely sake set with a teardrop vase and 3 cups. It took me several days to make this set, partly because I’m no master potter, but mostly because it’s such a nice feeling to slowly shape a modest, lumpy piece of clay into something beautiful.

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We had thought of selling some of our pottery pieces to raise funds for our Oxfam Trailwalker Japan 2014 challenge, and since Lynn had said a few months ago that she was looking for a sake set, we decided to give it a shot and see if she would like this. To our relief she did and even offered a good price! So we met up, and at the end of dinner we excitedly tore open the bubble wrap to take a look at the pieces. Seeing the vase again, I realized with a start that this was goodbye. Just a few days after receiving it from the firing kiln, I was to forever part with this creation that I had lovingly molded into existence. I could feel the familiar wave of separation anxiety wash over me, the feeling I always used to get when I made Huiwen a gift, while we were still dating. I didn’t want to sell it anymore! It’s mine!

But then I realized that I was no longer a kid, and we were in a public place, and so with a happy smile and heavy heart I bid my precious vase a final farewell. Have a good life in your new home! And may you be filled often with high spirits, and get many people drunk!

By Kenneth


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