I like clay. I liked it as a small child. I enjoy preparing, throwing, trimming, making handles and firing clay. Clay is both strong and malleable, it's the perfect material to make pottery to be used every day. I focus on soda firing pottery because the process accentuates both the qualities of bare clay and the flame path. I can emphasize rather than mask the marks my hands make throwing vessels and pulling handles. Making pots clears my head of background worry or static as I'm too absorbed in design considerations for mugs to think about anything else.
The studio at Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center where I usually work is closed during the pandemic and fire aftermath. I now hand- build tea bowls and vases on my deck. Lots of pounding, pinching, paddling and slicing clay. The new work jumps between infuriating and meditative, and reflects both.