the clay is cooperative, a partner in inspiration. Sometimes it’s
contrary, even defiant. Working with it is always challenging and always
rewarding. Even though I may approach the collaboration with a specific
goal in mind, the clay often has it’s own agenda.
it prefers to relax in elegant, organic shapes I challenge it to take
the shape of something it doesn’t want to be. Maybe a rigid, mechanical
form that might be the result of a tinsmith’s efforts. Or, possibly
the gravity-shaped line of a hanging textile.
the clay and I have finally reached agreement and we’re both content
with the result, I find myself negotiating with the glaze, often a late-arriving
and undecided interloper. We often stare at each other for long thoughtful
periods while the bisqued clay looks on. I choose the glaze and the glaze
chooses the final outcome while in the kiln.The
result is, without a doubt, the result of a three-way partnership between
the clay, the glaze, and myself.