Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hopes for a new tomorrow...

Sometimes I ponder our ultimate demise and wonder if it is at all possible to turn around the wasteful and destructive nature of our ways.

Al Gore talks about the explosion in our population and how the Earth is having a difficult time sustaining its inhabitants. While we might be to really decrease the population of the world, we certainly can change the way we do things - we have to. I suppose if we didn't we would be heading down a path so painful that a whole generation would question having children, because what would there be left for them?

Well, I think that the move for a sustainable tomorrow brings great hope. And who better to lead this revolution than the designers of the world.

Kohler-sponsored website: H2OVisions just shows us a glimpse of the possibilities.

The city of Vauban, Germany, one of the first car-less cities, shows that it is possible to design cities around this new idea as well. A similar city is being tested out south of the Bay Area here in the United States.

Ceramic artists also have a great responsibility in creating a brighter future. By being responsible about what we make, we can create less waste that lasts thousands of years (ever see any of the paintings from the Golden Age of Rome...nope...but you will find remaining ceramic works!). While some may say that clay makes for a great sculpting medium, perhaps it is time to measure it's "functional"/utilitarian value.
And of course, we can fire cone 9 (or even cone 5) instead of cone 10 to save gas...but what we really need is to re-evaluate the forms of which we produce and understand the environmental ramifications of what we create.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My work at Yonsei Severance Medical Center

It's a bit of an older picture, but my parents were out in Korea (after I came back) and found my work

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Planning my Oregon Road trip

I have just began planning my trip to Oregon. This trip has been in the making for nearly 10 years. I just fancied the idea of going in my head after i saw a picture of the Oregon coastline one year. The idea of Oregon pleased me.

But now I have begun to actually make it a reality as I look on website after website. I never knew that this state was so beautiful.

2 weeks...starting in Portland over to Astoria and down the coastline; Over to Crater Lake and back up to Portland. I don't have the details down quite yet.


Friday, May 22, 2009

equation for temporary euphoria

Pasadena 110 + my WRX + new tires = Happy Joe

Sunday, May 03, 2009

the high school web site...

so many of you out there know that after i landed back home, i started working at a high school. well, one of my goals was to create a nice little simple website for my students. and finally i'm at a point where i can say that i'm done. of course, there will be plenty of updates, as far as images, but check it out and leave some feedback.