Functional and sculptural, I work with a variety of clay bodies and treat the surfaces with slips, stains, underglazes, wax resist, stamps, image transfers and sgrafitto.
I love the multi tasking skills required to work 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 the sense of endless possibility that exudes a new bag of clay to the humble resignation post firing that perhaps the glaze and kiln 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!