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This series arose from exploring what happens when dessiccated blocks of various stonewares are rehydrated.

As the clay takes up water, it may split and crumble, mimicking texturally the massive stress which produces rocks and cliffs - from which of course clays derive.

Where it splits I force the clay open, capturing the texture produced by this stress. I then use these stress textures to construct my pieces, which may suggest cliffs, caves or crevasses. Some passages I then polish with a stone in contrast to the natural stressed textures.

The pieces are mainly unadorned, except for streams or pools of glass melted into them in the course of additional firings.