TEXTURE inspires me: from the small patterns of lichen growing on trees or rocks, to the ripples left by the retreating ocean tides in the sand, to weathered landscapes with jagged rock formations.
PROCESS pulls me forward: from the feel of the clay as I rhythmically wedge a hunk into a cone, to the spinning potters’ wheel and the wet fluid motion of centering clay. The flow of the clay as it lifts and takes shape, to the leather hard body that is trimmed then bisqued, ready for high fire glaze or trashcan fired which catches the smoky carbon of the open flame.
In the end, the contrasts of textures: raw clay to high fired glaze or the smoke trapped surface against the crackle glaze, the marks, the lines, hold my interest. Success is a piece that has the ability to interact with us, to draw us in to engage with it, to question, to touch, and to hold.