Even though I’ve been working with clay for over 10 years, it still harkens back to being in kindergarten—playing with circle, square, and triangle blocks. Frederick Froebel’s premise, as the creator of the concept of kindergarten, is that free activity and the impulse to explore is motivated by intellectual curiosity. Having the opportunity to be free to discover and explore this curiosity is truly a gift.
The process of making reveals my capabilities and limitations. When I’m present and working with the clay, my intuition emerges and play begins. I focus on the form, the line, the texture, the weight, the color. Clay, as a medium, allows me to feel untethered and yet fully engaged. Its qualities are forgiving with endless possibilities.