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Sunday, January 30, 2005

30 Jan 2005: Showpiece Finals

Bamboo Showpiece - Group I led this one - at least in design. it was pretty straightforward. A koi with head and tail out of a pond flanked with bamboo on a pedestal above jade and bamboo pillars put into the jade base. this piece is all sugar - well patis o'malt or iso malt or magic sugar - heated to 275 then coloured then final cooked to 340. yeah i said 340 degrees and the worst we got was a few minor burns and blisters. this piece was only a challenge because of the size i chose - okay i dig edible drama - so sue me - sheiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. I must say that despite all three of our flailing energy as we work before school then go to school 6 to midnight...we did SMASHINGLY. Again we managed a 3rd A . I felt immense pressure as we got an A on the chocolate piece and the gingerbread piece even despite being late...but we managed only 12 minutes behind schedule. and in damn good spirits - chef J had mentioned to Katie that we were very powerful together the 3 of us and had she added Katie to our group we would have been frightening. So there was Rebecca humming randomly as she worked in that personal joyful way of hers...My human encyclopedia with a dirty mind...there was Jena getting OCD over flowers and such just talking talkin talkin like crazy folks in the city but having fun and there was me with a fistful of bamboo. It's hilarious that people think we are 'fighting' but that's a stretch all we do is discuss the project to get optimum dazzle. Some people just can't be damn adults - huh... Oh well here it is...

Personal Showpiece - bonsai

For my personal showpiece I did a sculptural bonsai tree with a crane stones and fell quite a few times but i hustled through and made it on time - I somehow managed a 93 on it - even after I cracked it in a few spots. is that love or what. I wish I could be prouder of it - but it's still beautiful somehow.

n..... and Kae'z mom came by on the last day of school to check out our pieces on display etctera - he was watching me being graded and he said I make the most funny as faces in the world with my face all pinched up waiting for criticism...the last day was odd. Chef got rather emotional at the end of the night and specifically gave us hugs and me she gave a kiss on the cheek and she said don't ever second guess yourself and you keep making beautiful things - all those beautiful creative artful things you make - never give it up...she almost made me cry. She is a truly gifted teacher that chugs on even past the most retarded of students - and she has MUUUUCH joy and love for showpieces and the artful side of it. I feel lucky to have had her for 19 weeks. I'mma go visit next week. bwaaa hahahhahha. Some of the other chef's say everyone loves Chef J - they bring her gifts - they give her hugs blah blah blah. well Sheeit she's easy to love. If it weren't for her my ass prolly would have quit.

We went to work for her - there's another chef at school who thinks she's the bomb and her class is - until our class started putting out 2 ft monsters in the hallway - suck that egomaniacal kakaheads...

Schools out.

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