Hi Taide, Thanks for your wonderful welcome. I was in Beijing a couple of years ago giving workshops in ceramics at ISB with Kendra and Joan. It was great fun. I was back in Beijing last October only to 'pull a muscle'. It wasn't a muscle but arthritis. My doctor said: warm water swimming! So, my son lives in the West Indies but I went to Mexico as i started a research leave. I am Professor of Asian Art, School of Art, U of Manitoba. Speciality: history of ceramics. I spent a month swimming and doing nothing but looking at old handpainted tiles around the city. It was fab. Now I have another 7 months before I return to teaching and wow, Kendra says she is going to Jingdezhen. It sure is tempting.