Clay as Inspiration
Long before there was the potters wheel, a person manipulated clay by pinching it to form a simple bowl. Today, this technique is called Pinch-Pot. To me, the fascinating aspect of working in this way, is the dance; the relationship between the clay and the maker. Without the tool of the potters wheel, the dance becomes simply about what the clay wants and what the maker wants. Often my predetermined direction is side-tracked by the dictates of the clay. When this happens, I have two choices; I can find a way to force my expression, or I can accept what the clay offers and find beauty in it. Thus, the dance.
Copyright 1998, all rights reserved.
Last revised June 5, 1999