How did you become so involved with pottery and what led to your passion?
I started working with pottery as something I could do at home to help raise my son. I took one class, bought a wheel and ordered some clay!
I just became hooked after that class. I now work at rec centers, day programs for special needs kids, Alzheimer’s patients, and with special groups. Disabled people love working with clay, everything is new to them. I’ve been with one group for 10 years. I’ve seen them become independent, and have watched them grow. I like working with all different types of groups because it’s a great way to spread clay around. I like trying new things, I work with a mentor who is 85 years old and I get to do all types of firing; I love trying different things.
Vases or bowls would have to be my favorites; I try to make everything one of a kind. I aim to make everything different. I’m not a production potter so I try to make unique things, or whatever I feel like making on that certain day.
What is your favorite firing technique?
My favorite would have to be horse hair and feather pottery. I do lots of Raku work as well. My son is a hunter so we had peasants and turkey feathers around so one day I just threw that in to see how it would turn out and it worked!
What is your favorite Continental Clay body to work with?
I really like B-clay and high fire white. I’m using high fire white right now but the B-Clay is great to work with as well.
What’s your favorite part about working with Continental Clay?
Michael’s is my favorite, great to have more than one place to get supplies in town. I like working with a family business. Artists depend on people buying their work, so I’d rather be with a small family business. Heck, I guess I am a small family business. Plain and simple, I like the local company Continental Clay.