As promised -- here is the first of the series of responses for the "interviews" with monitors. I hope you enjoy the series and please do not hesitate to leave comments or provide feedback for topics you would like to see in future posts.
1. What is your name?
2. When did you start coming to Lillstreet?
November 2007 Karen Avery Wednesday morning class
3. What brought/brings you to Lillstreet?
For me Lillstreet is a place with endless possibilities. A place to get messy and make as much art as you want. Also it has a great social life as well.
4. What is the nature of your clay work -- functional or sculptural?
5. What is your process? Do you sketch, prototype and conceptualize? etc.
Wheel thrown clay, sometimes altered and almost always soda-fired.
6. What or who influence your work?
Chris Gustin is my favorite ceramic artist. I love his forms and colors.
7. Do you work with other medium besides clay?
I am a Motion Graphic Designer for my career. I use digital media to create graphic design and animation for videos and live events.
8. What are your duties as a monitor?
I am a Soda Monitor. I am part of the team that fires the soda kiln and maintains the soda program.
9. If there’s one thing you absolutely have to inform the Lillstreet clay community that would make your work easier, what would it be?
Learn as much as you can about soda-firing by signing up for the loading, firing and unloading of the soda kiln. By being involved with and seeing what everyone's work looks like going in, and then seeing the work coming out, you can learn a lot about what you like and don't like, or what worked and didn't work.