For me the joy in creating ceramic pieces is the alchemy of the unexpected.
Designing a shape, yet giving the clay a say in how that shape progresses.
Following the clay up or stretching it out almost to bursting point,
Thinking of the feel of the piece, mixing materials to make a glaze, not really knowing exactly how it will look because even a few degrees difference in temperature can give a different result.
Ceramics are accessible; you can pick them up, touch them, place them where you want them
The more you look, the more you see.
Although knowledge and testing of glazes allows you to gain more control of the end result may I never get to the point where I know exactly what the result will be. For then the magic will have gone and we all need a bit of magic.
These three pieces can now be seen at Oriel Bevan Jones, King Street, Carmarthen.