All of my adult life I have used my tactile sense of my finger tips in the success of my work; first as a Dental Hygienist, then as a Massage Therapist. Now as a clay artist, I combine those tactile skills with the visual to form my pieces.
More free-formed than intentional, I follow the feeling of the clay as it suggests how to move and change the form. There is freedom and joy in working this way and the never-ending practice of trusting what I know and letting go of outcome.
Letting go is also necessary to the types of firing I like best. Wood, gas fired soda/salt and raku are more unpredictable firing processes. Forming the piece is just the beginning – the ever changing ways heating moves ash, soda or salt vapors around a kiln, or the patterns left by combustibles during the final steps of raku firing are all reminders to use my knowledge then let go and enjoy.