I returned to L.A. at the end of February with glazed, fired prototypes in hand. The next couple of months were spent settling in with Carla, the girl I would have settled in with in 2005 had it not been for a two year job opportunity in Cincinnati and Dubai which turned into three years in Cincinnati (http://tinyurl.com/6ds84em) and another one in Abu Dhabi (http://tinyurl.com/6ds84em). In May of ’09 I started building the website and looking for a commercial ceramics manufacturer. It didn’t take long to come to the conclusion that China had taken over ceramics production. Through http://www.alibaba.com/, a website that allows buyers and vendors anywhere on the globe to find each other, we eventually found a manufacturer in Xiamen who was willing to manufacture Arttickle 1, and off we went to seal the deal.