As always when embarking on something new, it takes a day or two to really settle into it, even if you have what seems like a very clear vision of what you expect to effect from the task. There is the getting to know the people, the surroundings, the materials, the procedures. And maybe amidst all that is the getting to know yourself, that amidst all the "squirrel moments", you realise you might have a better handle on things than you think. In his introductory talk for the Piccolpasso program at www.lameridiana.fi.it, John Colbeck spoke about the complexity of simplicity. I may have only thrown two decent cups out of many attempts today, but I learned a tremendous heck of a lot. Ergo, rather than pictures of the day in the studio, here is one of dinner: valeriana inalata con pollo arrosto, ceci, e pomodori secchi sott'olio siciliana...and of course, a little something to drink.