Sara Swink: My Life in Clay. "I make hand-built clay human and animal figures with a psychological stance and a humorous edge. I use collage on paper to gather inspiration, recombining and developing ideas through sketching on paper and in clay. I use a gritty sculpture clay to form the piece, incise into the surface, bisque fire, stain to bring out the incised lines, apply color with underglazes and glazes, then fire again to cone 5. I like to riff, one idea leading to another, in an endless progression of personal narrative that reflects and feeds my inner life. I like to experiment with surface treatments, letting the piece dictate its needs.