The craftsmen at the Clay Festival are known as ceramists, potters, and clay workers. As for me, I just like playing in the dirt. It’s an honor to be included with these talented folks. Clay has always been in my life. As a teenager living in Thailand, my first firing involved clay balls for my slingshot, sneaked into the cook’s charcoal fire. I discovered that wet clay explodes in fire and gets all over the rice. I was promptly chased out of the kitchen and called a little brat! After obtaining degrees from Southwest Texas and New Mexico Highlands University and 15 years of teaching, I returned to my studio on downtown Buda, making a living from clay. I not only make functional pieces, but you may also see some whimsy in most of my work, maybe influenced by that first experience of infuriating a cook.