I make both functional and non-functional work in clay. I consider all of these works to be life-enhancing material things whether used for preparing and serving food or viewed as sculptural objects.
Sometimes the reason for doing something, even committing your life to that something, cannot be easily sorted out analytically. Intuitive and emotional forces come into play. You become drawn in bit by bit, increment by increment, almost without noticing.
Built-in preferences, some based on intuitive senses and deep inner feelings, can be major forces in shaping choices about what we want to do and be. These kinds of forces turned me into a potter. I didn’t do it for the money. I didn’t do it for admiration. Frankly, I can’t explain it.