"My interest is mostly in the forming process, and I find hand building allows me the time to listen to the clay, as it moves in subtle ways I may not have planned. My work is finished, by burnishing with a fine slip known as Terra Sigillata. I love the soft, sensuous feel, this method gives my peice, and it seems the more natural way to finish something from the earth. It can then be smoke, sawdust or pit fired with organic materials to produce unpredictable, and often exciting finishes, or left white and simple."
Glen's discovery and love of working in clay, began over 20 yrs ago, in Atlanta, USA. She spent 3 years attending the Callanwolde Arts Centre, studying the ancient way of making pottery, using the slow process of hand-building.
During that time, she attended The John.C.Campbell School in North Carolina, The annual Alabama Clay conference, and wonderful workshops by artists such as, Don Reitch, Lana Turner, Mel Jacobsen, Magdaline O dundo, Pete Pinnel, Vince Pitelka, Susie Duncan and others.
She developed a passionate interest in the pottery made by the American Anazazi Indian people, and attended workshops teaching the primitive way of making and firing pottery, which is still done by some mid western tribes today.
The dream of doing her ceramic work, back home in New Zealand is now a reality, with the building of a new studio recently, surrounded by the hills of home, and looking out over the vineyards and valleys of Marlborough.
Note : My vessels are not made to hold water