A workshop and a conference – stimulating , informative – lots to digest. Debra and I traveled to Huntington Beach on the Amtrack Coastal Starlight Express – an awesome way to travel and meet people. The journey was followed by a three day intensive workshop, learning how to properly fire our kiln. We realized we’d been far to heavy handed in making adjustments and were firing too long to get the reduced results we wanted. Paul Geil is a techie nut and his information was interpreted by potter Tom Coleman who was kind of a front man translating information in a more readily understood format for non-techies while giving us lots of helpful throwing and glazing tips. There was enough information to keep us busy for a long while. Two months later we were off by train again to Seattle for a pre-conference workshop with soda firing Australian Gail Nichols and English clay artist Walter Keeler for three days (my choices). This was worth the trip itself. During our two days off we did the galleries (180 exhibits around town and area)and couldn’t begin to see them all, before the conference started on Thursday. It was an excellent eight days of information and interaction, meeting with people we hadn’t seen for a while and becoming reacquainted with old friends. The photographs will illustrate some of our rich experiences and some of the ideas influencing our practice.