I can’t remember a time I wasn’t playing/working with clay. My mother handed me a wad when I was five to keep me occupied and I guess it worked. I like making just about anything (sculptural and functional pieces) but I’m challenged mostly by animals.
It’s a challenge to try to give them a personality and maintain their nobility. Their physical attitudes need to suggest some kind of action or mood.
The surface of the work is also a challenge. I’m not really happy with a merely lovely glaze. I often work very texturally or experiment with more dry finishes. Raku and woodfiring (anagama) are especially dear to me because of the surprise factor and the camaraderie.
I teach ceramic sculpture at Columbia College, so I guess my occupation is clay. Thanks, Mom.