I have always loved throwing on the wheel. For the first ten years or so, I threw strictly functional pottery, but slowly the traditional pieces began to evolve into a sort of “funk”tional pottery, such as a camel toothbrush holder, a walrus menorah, and giraffe candlesticks.
I found myself drawn to animals with exaggerated features, such as the wondrous rhinoceros, because of the way that I manipulate the clay. Collapsing the cylinders of soft clay creates the folds that lend a unique character to each piece and stamp it with my signature.
For coloring, a wash of manganese and iron or underglazes are added to these creatures, which are then fired to cone ten. The eyes are glazed to give them depth.