Clay is my media of choice as I am a tactile person. The ability to press a texture into a malleable surface gives it a signature, a presence of being. Clay allows an immediate and personal involvement with my media, and with my touch, knowing that what I make can be functional or merely expressive, and can last millennia is both significant and exciting.
Clay is much like life…..a gamble with no assurances. Few other creative medias involve as much trust and faith. You create an object or pot, you hope you have designed it well, with even thicknesses and no trapped air. You then entrust this creation to the fire of a kiln to almost 2000 degrees. If it explodes, you just start over….like getting back on the horse that threw you. After applying color in the form of colorful glaze, you again entrust the kiln and hope your glaze recipe, application and kiln firing schedule will result in an object of beauty. However, a beautiful glaze will never breathe life into a soul-less ugly form.