Tea is an important part of my life for sure...... but it is not the "driving force" really.
Ceramics is a passion, vocation, avocation, and hobby for me. A dominant core part of my being. Working as a professional artist tends to take over you life. I was born to be a maker. Clay likely found me because of the family genetic history in the late 1800's
One other serious pursuit includes the matrtial art of Iaido. (The drawing of the Japanese sword.) I am just a novice at it though. Like clay, it takes years to have any mastery of the form. And at the moment I am coming off a knee injury that has plagued me off and on for a year; so progress has been greatly slowed. Sitting seiza is a difficult proposition at the moment........ and many kata and honorifics are performed starting from that position.
And I love to ski (snow). Been skiing since I was a kid. That;s likely why the knee issues
Another passionate pursuit is computer flight simulation. Serious simulation. No, really. Like obsessive/compulsive simulation
. Although I haven't had much time or money to devote to it lately (#1 pursuit is getting in the way of other things). I've been building a full scale air transport aircraft simulator for about 7 years. Yeah... I'm crazy