I came to pottery as an escape from my days cooking as a personal chef and discovered I am truly a maker at heart.  Whether it's a loaf of bread or a porcelain vase, my workday isn't complete until I have a physical object to show for it, and I now spend more time in the studio than in the kitchen.  I use both stoneware and porcelain, firing to cone 10 reduction and oxidation.  My inspiration ranges from seaweed I pick up at the beach and use as texture in my pieces, to lacking just the right size salad bowl and being able to create it myself.  I imagine how each piece I make will be put to use in someone's home. 

I'm constantly amazed by the science of glazing and firing and the interaction of different clay bodies, shapes, and textures.  Some pots may be constructed the same but the beauty of handmade ceramics means that each piece has a character of its own.  I love the subtle runs of the glazes and each imperfection that denotes my hands, not a machine, worked with the clay to give it shape, color, and life.

-Gay Heit
San Francisco, CA