August 17, 2000 Fire It Up!
After so many busy weekends, Kyle and I were finally able to go to Fire It Up! this past Sunday.
For Valentine’s Day, I had bought us a couple of ice cream bowls to paint ourselves at Fire It Up!, and it has been sitting in our nightstand for the last six months, waiting to be decorated, fired, and used. After lunch, we started our first Fire It Up! experience. What we thought would be an easy, quick process took over two hours!
For beginners like us, Fire It Up! provides lots of instructions and helpful tips from the importance of washing our hands (to get the oils out) to wiping down our bowls before we started (to get the dust off.) There were lots of stencils, idea books, pictures, and beautiful finished pieces around the studio for inspiration. I decided on flowers, and Kyle chose a more conservative design that included his family mon and name.
After deciding upon our designs, we sketched them onto our bowls with a pencil (which disappears when the piece is fired in the kiln.) We selected our paint colors, and began the tedious process of painting in our design.
We had a lot of fun, and it was a pleasant change from the chaotic weekends we usually have. The other girl sitting at the same table with us said that she goes there occasionally to relax and relieve some stress. Actually, the place was packed with people, which is why we were sharing a table with her. There was a bunch of ladies at the next table who looked like they were celebrating a birthday. The family behind us seemed to be making thank-you gifts for their summer fun teachers.
Although a little pricey ($7 studio fee plus the cost of the piece), it is an entire afternoon’s entertainment, and a great activity to do alone or with friends. The place gets busy, so get there early, and plan to stay a couple of hours. There is also a pantry and juice place in the same building in case you underestimate your time! You’ll have to wait five days before you can pick up your piece, so don’t expect immediate results. (We’re anxiously waiting to get ours on Friday!) Fire It Up! also adds a clear gloss glaze that makes your piece foodsafe.
I’d love to do it again. They make great gifts, or wonderful personalized mementos for home!
●Fire It Up!
3045 Monsarrat Avenue
Tel: (808) 924-4444
Studio Hours: Sunday & Monday:11 AM-6:30 PM, Tuesday to Saturday:11 AM-7:30 PM
Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #42（スーザン先生の英語講座 その42）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
例えば、日本にいた時、私は普段生徒からは“スーザン先生” 、そして小学校や中学校の先生達にはたいてい “カネタケ先生”のように名字で呼ばれていました。けれども幼稚園では先生達も、“スーザン先生”と下の名前で呼ばれたのを覚えています。
ハワイでは、プレスクール（日本の幼稚園とほぼ同じ）やサマースクール、また課外プログラムなどでは、 “Miss Susan”と呼ばれています。けれども、学校の教室の中だと名字の “Mrs. Kanetake”に。まあ、まだ私は実習生なので、小学校の低学年の子供達が“Miss Susan”と呼ぶのはかまわないかな、と思うのですが、本当は“Mrs. Kanetake”と呼ぶのが正しいのです。
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program, and am now employed at PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|