Sunday, 20 June 2010

belated: a few sketches from Turkey & Syria

cycling tshirt

A and i made some cycling tshirts. I should've taken a picture of them before wearing them, but here is one of them anyways! We printed "Chullo Chullo" which means "Go Go" in Urdu, and then sewed some pockets on the back. My pockets weren't deep enough - A's are much better - but they still served their purpose.


We stayed with my dad's cousin and her family who live near Motala, they were amazing and deserve medals! they drove us & our bikes all over the place, cooked us food, let us sleep in their trailer, shower, and make a general mess with all of our stuff. Tusen tack!!! And my aunt drove us all the way back to Göteborg last night, which was brilliant. Tusen tack du också!
We left Motala on Friday night, 23.28. It was a bit chilly, but no rain - that started after the first depo in Hästholmen.
Unfortunately, the most experienced cyclist of our little group had to stop in Jönköping cause of back-neck-shoulder and knee pain, which was a real shame.
To Jönköping went pretty quickly, we rolled in to the depo after around 4.5hours, with a beautiful sunrise! I had enough energy till around Hjo, but it was cold and rainy and the stretch between Hjo and Boviken was tiring. After that the sun came out, i got more inspired again, and even though my legs & knees & hands & shoulders were by that stage not at their best, it felt easier again.
There are some things i learned for next time: 1)Train more before! We hadn't put in enough miles of cycling. 2)Eat more! Even though i had food with me, as well as what vegan things were on offer at the depos, i didn't really feel like eating, which probably contributed to getting so very tired. 3) NEVER cycle in shorts! It was so cold... brr! 4)I need to work on my posture and sitting position - for my shoulders and hands, mostly; my little finger on the left is still numb.
I got back to Motala at 13.24, i.e. 13hours and 56mins after starting out, basically 14h.
Next time, i'll be faster.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010


we've been cycling a bit more than usual lately. and on friday at 23.28 o'clock we start cycling around Vättern, one of the biggest lakes in Sweden: Vätternrundan. almost 300km of fun.
i'll let you know how it goes (if i survive!)

Monday, 14 June 2010


i got alot of inspiration when i was in Turkey and Syria. this hand, for example, is from the "Theives market" in Damascus. as you can see, i copied it quite literally. (please excuse the bad image quality...)

it's good to travel...

Friday, 4 June 2010


I recently had the opportunity to go to Izmir,in Turkey, to be assistant to Professor Jochen Brandt from IKKG in Germany. He had been invited by Professor Sevim Cizer at the Dokuz Eylul University Ceramics department to hold a course on quartz-ceramics.

We started with the basics, going through the history of quartz-ceramics, which includes the first discovery of glaze!
Our practical work included making egyptian paste (a self-glazing body), quartz-beads glazed in cementation powder in the Iranian Qom technique, as well as a throwable quartzpaste body (which is what i use in my own work).

It was a really great experience! The people we met were enthusiastic, friendly, extremely generous, hardworking and lovely. (If any of you are reading this, THANK YOU!)

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

one is better than two... i'm going to merge my blogs together. from now on there will only be "this is ester's blog", and it'll probably be mostly about ceramics.

maybe now it will be twice as good!