I am incapable of traveling without bringing work with me. I've learned that if I don't, I go crazy. And while I'm not above sticking a big lump of clay into a checked bag (guarantees inspection, btw), the problem is that I blow through it in about two days and then am left again with nothing to do with my hands and brain. This is NO reflection on the place I'm going, the company, the sights, or the shoes: It's just a necessary thing that I feed the creative beast or it gets angry.
So as the thought of dragging bags over cobblestones with a healing back injury looms, I decided to come up with something lighter...
One of the MANY things on my wish-list of projects has been to do hand-painting on clay forms. In this case it needs to be small, so I thought I'd make a batch of little pendants and see what my brain comes up with. I have a few dozen ready to be fired this week and then packed with a small underglaze paint kit. (Think of the little paint kits you had as a kid).
My bag will probably still be inspected, but there will be more room for shoes on the return flight.
I'll post pictures of the work in progress.