My first experience with clay, watching and feeling its reaction to my touch, happened in the 4th grade. I was basically hooked then, but did not realize it until my college years when I was reintroduced to clay and its magical qualities. I've always enjoyed building and creating things - from model racecars, airplanes and backyard tree houses to working with wood and metal in my dad's shops. But I was intrigued by clay and its responsiveness to the touch of my hand. This intimacy plays itself out with every piece I create today, using only my hands and a potter's wheel. I work with a small series of similar forms, usually 10-12 pieces concentrating on and exploring the subtle aspects of each emerging piece - actually feeling the shape as much as seeing it. I formulate and mix all my own glazes, as well as the washes and slips used under and over the glazes.