I have been a working artist for as long as I can remember. Before I came to clay, I had been working with paints, printmaking, collage, assemblage, and working with textiles. When I came to clay in winter 2007, my relationship with art changed significantly. Clay as a medium is an inexact experience. The artist can influence what the outcome may lean towards, but the organic nature of clay, the firing environment, and the chemistry of glazes, all have greater influence. I learned, quite quickly, that you have to understand that the kilns have the final say on the outcome. This was an invaluable lesson that has freed me with some of the self imposed constraints I had with other mediums. I learned not to be “perfect”, but to live in the process.