Today is the last day of June in Japan, and I think time flies. How are you doing today?
Around a month ago I went to Mexico to attend the international porcelain art convention for the first time with my Thai friend, Bond. I left Gay’s on the 18th of April and flew to Atlanta to meet Bond. The Mexico convention started on the 20th, and my Cuban mom Ivonne told us that we should go to Mexico two days earlier to enjoy sightseeing. We stayed in Mexico from 18th to 26th and had a wonderful time with our friends!
The following day when we arrived in Mexico city we met a lot of painting people from many countries in South America.
After breakfast at the hotel where we stayed, we enjoyed a tour in Mexico city.
The river cruise reminded me of the international Thai convention in 2012. At the time I was with my dear Australian friend, Ingrid. I suddenly became miss her a lot. I hope I can go to the next Mexican convention with Ingrid and Bond again!
I ate real Mexican food for the first time at lunch!
The original Mexican food was completely different from American Tex Mex. I like both of them.
This black one was extremely spicy for me, and I couldn’t eat it.
I became good friends with Iris from Israel and Anna from France! They were good friends each other before I met them, and communicating with each other in Portuguese. Since I can handle only English and Japanese, when I communicated with them, I spoke to them in English. I thought English was so important for me to communicate with International friends. On the other hand, in Mexico, Spanish was very important for me to communicate with people. I hope I can have some time to start studying some basic words in Spanish.
Next, we went to see pyramids in Teotihuacan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teotihuacan
I looked around Teotihuacan with Yukari-san from Japan. She is one of Mori-sensei’s students who lived in Mexico for two years and learned porcelain painting there. I met the Mori-sensei’s group in Mexico.
Frecia from Bolivia became one of my closest international friends at the Mexico convention. We spent most of the time together in Mexico, and she will stop by my house in November with her husband on the way to the Thai Mega Convention in 2013. She and I are planning on going to IPAT show in America next year, and I will visit her in Bolivia next year!
The following day, we went to Taxco, and the place was my favorite! I really want to go back there again when I go back to Mexico next time!
Bond and I were so excited to walk around the city. Both of us loved the town. Thank you so much, Ivonne and Lety, to take us to the place!!
Mexico has a lot of cathedrals, and most of them are really pretty.
Every year Taxco has a competition of silver. They are award pieces of the competition. I saw a lot of silver shops. Since I love silver earrings, I really enjoyed shopping!
Most of silver statues are so artistic!
While eating lunch, we enjoyed seeing Mexican dance.
We also enjoyed sightseeing next day. We went to several plantations. One of them related to Japanese people. Before WW2, several Japanese people including doctors, lawyers and engineers, moved to Mexico and they started plantations. They mainly produced cottons.
I love her and her outfit! She is a Mexican porcelain artist and always has been waring traditional Mexican clothes. She is so beautiful! She came to my demo at the convention too!
Most of plantations had cathedrals to educate people. Cathedrals were kind of schools for people.
One of the plantations where Lety and Ivonne took us had several interesting wall paintings relate to a religion, cathoric.
The following day, finally the international convention in Mexico started! I was very excited! Mexican painters are so fashionable and elegant!
Iris made white porcelain bottoms and painted on them. She is very creative!!!
We stayed at a 5 stars hotel, Camino Real Sumiya during the convention. The hotel is famous for a beautiful Japanese building. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150797-d169771-Reviews-Camino_Real_Sumiya-Cuernavaca_Central_Mexico_and_Gulf_Coast.html
I shared a room with my Cuban mom, Ivonne. Although she was extremely busy for organizing her convention because she was one of the presidents, she took care of me a lot. I really really appreciate it. Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality, Ivonne!
I took a workshop from Thais, Brazil. Her techniques were very unique and interesting. I learned a lot from her. Thank you so much for teaching me, Thais! I’m looking forward to meeting you again somewhere, and can paint with you again!!!
We painted the piece that seems to be the universe. Since I had to do my demo during taking her workshop, I couldn’t finish my piece. The picture is painted by Thais. I took the workshop with Frecia and painted sitting next to her. It was so much fun! Thank you, Frecia!
The second night for the convention, we had the cocktail party for the convention. Since I didn’t prepare an appropriate dress for the party, I was a bit embarassed. I really thought I should bring at least a kimono. Next time, I will do it. Many people showed off their countries traditional clothes, and it was very interesting for me.
I wanted to talk to the three ladies from Venezuela more, but since I don’t understand Spanish, I couldn’t communicate with them. Hopefully, I can improve my Spanish a little bit to understand what they speak next time.
I taught a piece of jewelry at the convention. They are my dearest students! Thank you so much for taking my workshop, dear!!!
When I saw my teacher, Ivonne, I was very inspired by her. She told me that she wanted to improve her skills that’s why she took my workshop. She is MY TEACHER, but I really think great teachers never stop learning! She is the greatest example, and of course she was the best students .
Lety and Ivonne took us to a down town during the convention.
We enjoyed looking around the down town, and we stopped by a theater. The play was very interesting even though I didn’t understand Spanish at all. It was very poetic, abstract and artistic.
After that we ate at a very fancy restaurant to celebrate Ivonne and Frecia’s birthdays! Happy Birthday two of you!!!
The last day I took my dearest international brother, Bond’s demo. He demonstrated how to paint portraits at first fire very well. I learned a lot of things from him. He is a great artist and teacher. I’m looking forward to taking his other demos from now on! Great work, Bond! Thank you so much!!!
Last night of the convention was the Gala dinner. I sat with the Japanese group. They were very nice people and I had a great time with them.
After dinner, people started dancing! Watching it was so much fun!
The following day, Frecia, Catari, Bond and I went back to Mexico city. I enjoyed sightseeing again with Frecia and her friend.
On the 26th very early morning, Bond and I flew to Atlanta again. When I arrived in Atlanta, my dearest American parents, Dixie and Charles were waiting for me to pick me up at the airport. After that I took a great painter, Birgit Porter’s lesson with Gay and Dixie in Atlanta, but I want to write about it in the other blog entry.
The Mexico convention was really awesome! It was so organized and full of hospitality. I saw a lot of great artwork at the convention. I shared my techniques and I also learned a lot from other artists. Both presidents, Lety and Ivonne took care of us very well and we could enjoy both sightseeing and the convention. I really loved it and I want to go back to the next convention. I hope Gay can go with me next time!
I met a lot of porcelain artists at the convention and became friends with them. I love traveling around the world and meet new people because I can improve myself! Thank you so much, Ivonne, for inviting me to such the great convention! Tank you so much everyone whom I met at the convention too!!! See you next time there!!!