Patricia Saling | Orange County Artists Guild
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I love playing with clay. Introduced to ceramics in 2005 once I retired from a 30 year science career, I still feel quite new to this medium, as I do to all of the arts. The tactile nature of working with clay, forming a useful object from a lump of mud, enthralled me at first touch, and continues to intrigue and charm me. Honestly, six decades along and I've only just discovered that the right side of my brain functions! I think that my background helps me enjoy and appreciate the chemistry of ceramics, and I'm particularly intrigued with glazes. I prefer to spray on my glazes since I feel in greater control of the process; in addition, spraying allows me to layer glazes in an intentional way to develop a rich, varied surface.

My main motivation for each piece I make is that it be used. But the consequence of utility in a piece is that any design element must work into function — does the handle fit the piece as well as the hand? Is the vessel's size appropriate for the intended function? How does the piece feel to hold? How will it look on the table? I derive great joy in making an object that might find its way from my hands into someone's home, a piece that could bring some small delight, a piece that might assist in making a home. Continuing a millennia-old tradition is, at once, inspiring and comforting in our relentlessly paced world. Pause and relax...

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