Over the years, I have released multiple collections as my craft and design skills have become more refined and my aesthetic has evolved as an artist. My interest in clay has only become greater as I am now diving into the depths of wild clay. I had the opportunity to harvest clay from a ranch out in Marfa, Texas after a chance meeting with the owner at a local shop. I went out there last November and collected several samples of clay with a shovel and some buckets and drove it back to Austin. I had no knowledge or experience in working with wild clay, but it was something that piqued my interest.
Since then, I’ve carved out time outside of my tile work, to research and learn more about wild clay. I took a workshop in April and in May where I learned how to process wild clay from other artists that are currently working in that medium. It was a wonderful learning opportunity and I’ve been able to dive vigorously into testing and experimenting from all the knowledge that was shared over those workshops. My current explorations are with wild clay collected from properties in Austin and Marble Falls. I’ve been working on line blends and slip glazes with the clay and other materials collected, hoping to release a collection of Texas Wild Clay vessels in October.