I love the feeling of clay and love that it can take so many different forms. I like to envision my creations in gardens or on porches with pretty plants surrounding them.
I have always enjoyed playing in dirt, making mud pies, gardening and shaping clay. Clay is so forgiving, it doesn't complain when you pound the heck out of it, if a piece doesn't work, you can squish the clay back down to a lump and start again.
Like planting a seed and watching a flower emerge, there is something magical about seeing a piece come out of the kiln. First you have the uniformed clay, then you mold and glaze it to your vision and then there is the firing. Sometimes the end result is a happy accident. In either case, transforming a lump of clay into a mask, pot or vase gives me great joy.
Bonnie King has been working with clay since the 1970s. She has taken ceramic classes at Eastern Oregon State College, Blue Mountain Community College and Lane Community College. Even when she was getting her nursing degree and raising her two daughters, she found time to work with clay anywhere she could - in the basement, garage or at the kitchen table.
It was a happy day in 2009 when Ms. King discovered Clay Space. With the encouragement and help of Ellen Davidson, Jim Laub, Josh Allen and the community of potters at Clay Space, she has found a supportive place for expressing her ideas.