I have dabbled in art most of my life, but, like most superheroes, my real super power (clay) didn’t come out until later in life and has often been kept hidden from the general public behind my “mild-mannered” cover persona of lawyer, single-mom, special education advocate, educator and mediator/arbitrator. Nonetheless, over the years, I’ve not so secretly honed my skills in the company of some of the best people I’ve ever met – other artists – and had the good fortune of sharing my work with family, friends and total strangers.
Working with clay is a complete joy. Often, it takes you places you didn’t even know you could go, and sometimes wish you hadn’t! But, as with most things in life, there is always something to be learned even in failure, and the best thing about working with clay is that it’s only mud until it’s not.
I generally prefer hand-building to throwing on the wheel as the rest of my life is very structured and I find hand-building offers more freedom. I do, however, throw to keep myself proficient, but usually alter what I throw to personalize my pieces. On the other hand, there is something immensely satisfying about making a “perfect” ice cream bowl 😊