Goodbye Clay . . . It's been fun.
They say the average person should re-invent themselves about every 7 years. Not sure where I heard that before, but it sounds pretty good to me. I have always believed in re-inventing yourself continually though, and by that I mean, to never stop learning, never stop seeking new ways of creating. It’s all part of the exploration of the process really. And . . . The process is often much more important than the end result. I always drew, then I always painted - but loved collecting pottery. Took classes and fell in love with clay. Clay introduced me to fire. Insatiable curiosity led me down the path of alternative firing techniques, which I found to be so much more alluring than oxidation. Oxidation, led to reduction and Raku. So playing with fire is not such a big leap really. I loved the functionality of clay - it has the ability to turn a mundane moment into an experience. To really enjoy a cup of coffee or tea out of a hand-crafted mug, to enjoy your oats out of a bowl that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The chemistry behind the glazes a whole world of art in and of itself. I will love clay forever. And I may visit it again . . . someday.
But for now, it is time to move on to other explorations. The last remnants of my clay creations - and there are really only a few - will start to be listed in my Etsy shop. They will be priced well in light of cleaning out the studio for fresh new offerings. Shoot me an e-mail with any questions or reserves!