I make figurative animal sculptures in stoneware. I work quickly to capture the essence and movement of the creatures. By working quickly, as in a three dimensional sketch, I try to catch the spirit and the animation of a living animal. I enjoy the feel of the clay, its plasticity, its texture but I am frustrated when it will not do what I want and I push and punish it, stuffing it with paper, propping it and beating it into shape. The limitations of the material and methods encourage me to keep experimenting.