Being open to new processes is an important part of my studio practice. My professor (and one of my favorite people) , Steve Loucks, would constantly remind me, “Never let your process dictate your ideas.” I try my best to consider every tool I have access to as I start a new project. Sometimes the tool is the potter’s wheel, sometimes paper patterns, sometimes a clay extruder, but more often it’s just my hands.
One of my favorite ways to work is to cut up and reassemble wheel-thrown parts. The combination of throwing and hand building is challenging and makes my imagination run wild. I make the parts one day and cut them up the next day (after they’ve had time to harden). The rest between those steps create a distance that allows me to see the project with new eyes. I am able to envision new solutions - a new interpretation of yesterday’s idea. So much fun.