I have worked with clay on and off for many years. As I struggled with the dreaded wheel, I never thought of pottery as being a part of my art practice.
This changed about a year ago when I discovered hand building and paper clay.
At the same time I started getting more interested in the surface design of the pieces. My printmaking experience started making its way onto the clay via embossing, stencilling and image transfer. I also started thinking of the pieces as a canvas, painting the glazes and slips on.
Finally, the hardest part for me is switching my mind-set from functional pottery to ceramic sculpture. Or even to let the ceramic sculpture be functional or, my favourite, almost functional in a way that isn’t obvious.