Artist and director of Ateliers ’89 Elvis Lopez, invited me for a workshop at his art institute. Since his school has no ceramic infrastructure, I decided to do something for which we could mainly use the small kilns that we built ourselves. Only the necessary bisque firings were done by ceramic and glass artist Ciro Abath, in his studio. ¬†Incorporating old traditions (pit firing, pinching, carving) and more recent, (paper kiln, western style raku in a fiber lined metal drum), my 15 students made beautiful cups and bowls. At the end of the month we displayed a selection of the works in an exhibition. During the opening my students gave a demonstration of raku firing; they made small shot glasses, which were immediately used to serve sake.