California 1948, 1984
In 1984, on a trip to the USA, my two front teeth collapsed while biting into a ham sandwich on a particularly crusty baguette. Bridging the resulting gap required three months of dentistry and provided time to get to reunite with family members that we had not seen for ten years.
I spent time with my father, a retired meteorologist whose first love was astronomy and stepmother in Carmel and my sister, brother-in-law and nieces, who at that time lived in a pickers shack near the sea on the Pajaro River in Monterey County, California. And I drew. The sketch books were photocopied into coloring books for the nieces.
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Returning to India in 1984 we passed through Japan to meet the family of Yamamoto Toshu.
Deborah had apprenticed with master potter Yamamoto Sensei in 1968, living with his family in Bizen.