Throwing clay is exhilarating. On the first night I sat at a potter’s wheel, the feeling of wet clay spinning through my fingers drew me in. With my hands I can form a bowl, cup or plate from a lump of clay. Years later, it still amazes me.
I was strictly a two-dimensional artist until I touched clay. Now I wrap illustrations and patterns around three-dimensional forms. The marriage of two disciplines fascinates me. Creating the right balance is my focus.
My choices are influenced by my surroundings. I walk in the woods looking for unexpected bursts of color. I stalk antique stores searching for fresh forms. I touch produce at the market. I observe patterns in textiles and architecture. I study well-made objects.
The reward is hearing that my piece has in a special spot in someone’s home, but is also used at their table. Decorative. Functional. Fine art for an everyday purpose.