The smell of smoke was the first thing I noticed after stepping out of the airport in Kochi early on the morning of January 29th. It's a comforting smell…like summer campfires and winter wood stoves. Instantly I am homesick and feeling at home in the same breath. I have arrived! My dream of coming to India to make pottery has begun and I couldn't be more excited and more nervous. After 2 quick nights in Fort Kochi it is time to travel inland & north 190 km to Nilambur with my friend and talent clay artist Sherif. I am glad to have him by my side to negotiate the ferry and train ride among countless other reasons. It makes for an early morning when the train leaves at 7:30 and for those of you who know me…I am not a morning person by nature. Partial jet lag & partial excitement I can't sleep past 4am so I am more then ready to start this journey to the place that will be my home for the next 6 weeks.
This first week has flown by and yet SO much has been accomplished. I have zillions of ideas that I want to see become realities. I am constantly having to remind myself to slow down. Kinda been spinning out the past few months and this is the time to recharge. I'm going to try to keep my words brief. I hope you enjoy the images so far. It is my intension to do weekly updates. Fingers crossed the internet will be on my side. A big thanks to all those beautiful friends and family who have supported me with words of encouragement and love on this journey thus far. I hold you in my heart always. xo t
About This Journey
Combining my love of travel with my love of creating in clay comes this newest adventure. After spending 10 days in Nilambur last year during a 3 month exploration of India....I am returning to spend 9 weeks. Talented and generous clay artist - Sherif Nilambur invited me to share his studio space so here I am to take him up on his offer. The plan is loose in terms of what is being made and what will come of it but hearts are open so we can't go wrong.