"Back in college I had an Art History Professor who used to tell us that "...artists have to come to grips with their materials." That one phrase has stuck with me through the years. And, now that I've been working with clay for over 30 years, I understand what he meant. Clay can be such a marvelous challenge, going from soft and softer with the addition of water, maleable to hard just from sitting in the air and then harder through the fire and the addition of glazes to join clay and glass to make a finished piece that you can drink or eat out of.. my hat's off to the first people that said "hey let's try this." Most of these amazing discoveries came from happy accidents, but to have the vision to see the potential, that's brilliance."