Creating works with the forces of nature in mind makes perfect sense in clay. The material can appear soft and fluid or rigid and cracked. From wet to dry, clay has many capabilities. It is fickle yet user friendly and can express a myriad of illusions and variable qualities. “Red River” is the largest of my sculptural compositions. The process that begins with an idea and ends with a product inevitably generates more ideas and the process begins again. I have more ideas than time.
I balance large projects with the production of utilitarian wares that become part of everyday living. I like slow food on slow plates — the day is incomplete without good food, family and friends making slow history. There’s a touch of humanity in hand-crafted wares. They are not idly tossed out but glued and used until finally they are set in a safe place. Some are viewed and not used because of the stories they hold in memories.The cookie jar that needed quiet replacement of the lid when cookie snatching survives to a second generation. The bread making bowl is only gingerly hand washed to insure its continued use. The special flower vase that was made by a dear friend departed, is used for early spring flowers and remembrance. Slow thoughts, and deep meaning are present in a humble vessel.