Functional and sculptural, I work with a variety of clay bodies and treat the surfaces with slips, stains, underglazes, wax resist, stamps, and sgrafitto. I love the subtle asymmetry of hand formed clay and the fluidity and spontaneity I can achieve when painting on a wet clay surface. The possibilities are endless and every piece is a new canvas.
You have to multi task when working with clay. The rules change at every stage and each phase (wet, leather hard, green, bisque, glaze, fired, has its own set of challenges.
From a sense of endless possibility exuding a new bag of clay to the humble resignation post firing that the piece had other ideas than the ones I envisioned; it's an exercise in experimentation, discovery and patience (lots of it) there's no instant gratification with clay. I thoroughly enjoy the process and when all the stars align and I'm pleased with the results, it's enormously satisfying!