I love its fluidity and that I can take it to a wafer thin shape.
I love the purity of white, the way the light plays off the shapes I create. But most important, being white gives the shapes center stage.
What are the origins of my shapes?
My pieces recall the forms and motions of flowers, sea plants and ocean waves. I had no plan to do this. It is what came naturally to me as I worked each piece of clay. My first hand-formed bowls, tiny as they were, one inch in diameter, recalled flowers.
I live in a place where the ocean and a beautiful landscape woven with gardens have become part of me. Every morning I walk the beach and take in the view, salt air, and light an leave inspired.
What is the process?
While I use just one simple metal tool to sometimes help me perfect my shapes, my favorite tool is my hand. My fingers can best smooth and perfect a wave's turn or a petal's rise and fall, and I have no worry about breaking through the wall. I feel it, and know it.
ach ball of clay is a unique, unpredictable entity, and so often, my turns and twists are done with its cooperation. In essence, I work along with the clay, working to move it to its full potential as an object of art.
With raw porcelain, no shape stays where I leave it. Imagine working with dough, where you flatten it, smooth it, and then try to bring it up into a form. I prop every single move with handmade concoctions that hold the direction until the work is firm and totally dry.
Once it is bone dry I dab my fingertip with water and slightly soften the outer layer and then use a blade to gently perfect the shapes. Any pressure at this point in the drying process can cause a piece to shatter.
Once that step is complete, the work goes into the kiln for two days to create a hardened surface called bisque. Bisque can be sanded, and sometimes I do hand sand to eliminate a rough spot or imperfection I may have missed.
Next, I hand brush three coats of glaze to the piece, sometimes with two to three hour intervals between coats. Two more days in the kiln for a final firing, and the piece is complete.
Every single step that gets to a completed work is a new adventure and the joy of my life. One really never knows what will emerge from the kiln. The more experience I get, the more daring I have become.
So these days, when I open the lid of my kiln, I am thankfully, more often than not, happy with what I see. Happy my risks brought me the reward of a special piece.
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