Chaos Inc. by Diane Rosnagle Short
I have loved working with clay since I began taking classes as a kid in CT. Never really much for the precision and repetition of throwing pots, I gravitated toward hand building, leaning into the slumpy, lumpy characters that emerged as I built and molded pieces coil by coil.
Through years of children's book publishing, mothering, and teaching middle school, I slipped in and out of clay phases as well. Now, with kids grown, I'm happily back in the mud in my brand new home studio.
I am fascinated by the way tiny nuances of gesture create personality – even in a shape with no ears, eyes, nose or even proper feet. Starting from a box or a sphere or, quite honestly, a shape that shows no hope of ever fulfilling its own destiny, I poke and prod and layer and prune my clay pieces until each one begins to emerge as its own entity. A slump here. A twist there. How about some arms? And suddenly a new individual is crying or laughing or getting snippy right there on my table. Out of chaos comes … character.