I work with the four elements of life – earth, fire, air and water. I love to clay-play and mold part of my inner spirit into a cold mass of clay.
Ultimately though, I surrender my creation to the process of raku.
In raku, clay pieces are fired to 1800F, removed red hot, and placed into a container of combustible materials. Then a lid is placed over the burning contents. The fire, smoke and lack of oxygen chemically alter the glazes and unglazed areas turn black from the carbon. Though the word “raku” means pleasure, I am always filled with angst and excitement when the lid is lifted to reveal my one-of-a-kind piece of art.