In August of 2011 my husband and I went to British Columbia to visit good friends who were generous enough to share with us their beautiful home on the Sunshine Coast. It was amazing, so hard to describe, so beautiful in so many ways; the weather, the smell of the air, the views from everywhere, the people, the water…

Everywhere I looked the land layered itself on itself, the intensely dark blues, greens and browns up close slowly getting paler as mist and atmosphere covered them in the distance. I kept seeing snapshots, sculptures, scenes to be recreated in clay.

In the studio back in Texas I started layering clay, tearing the edges, pressing down in some places, pulling up in others wanting to portray the feeling of this dynamic yet peaceful landscape. My first attempts were only barely successful. The piece looked great as wet clay. Once glazed it looked static, cut up and too harsh. It wasn’t until I attended a workshop given by Steven Hill that I was able to achieve what I was hoping for. He taught us how to spray and layer glazes to create an atmospheric effect, which has influenced most of my work since. Thank you Steven. And thank you Neal and Kathy.