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       It all begins with drawings. As I approach my return to Archie Bray in 2022, I am reflecting on the journey. My concept is a boat, a vessel called la Vida en Arcilla.  Clay practice has truly been the boat that carries the story of my life, and each decade has brought me back to the Bray, in another capacity.

       As writer-in-residence I quoted Peter Schjeldahl who says, "Ceramic practice is so rich in exchange and collaboration that is has long been characterized as a conversation. " I do look forward to that conversation and to the inherent collaboration and inspiration the Bray residency provides. Nonetheless, new ideas about responding to the experience with a piece about the meaning of Archie Bray in my life and work are insisting upon having their say. These are my drawings thus far.

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