I love the process of creation, when I begin a piece I don’t have a clear vision of how it will look when completed, I let my intuition, and creativity flow allowing for experimentation, and improvisation. Clay is wonderful to work with because of its versatility, the possibility of working in 2D or 3D, in color, or monochrome, incorporating painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and text. My work is handbuilt: sculptures, tiles, and wall art for indoor and garden display. Some pieces focus on the human face, birds (particularly crows), vines, ferns, trees, fish, and explorations of the form of the vessel (nesting vessels, and holey pieces that play with light). My photographic image transfers incorporate photographs that I have taken, text fragments, and old family photographs. Sometimes these are put together using Photoshop, layering images to create collaged dreamlike sequences. Most pieces are stoneware or porcelain, fired to Cone 6 or 7 in an electric kiln. I often use underglazes, mason stains, iron oxide, and sculptural glazes in layers to create rich textured surfaces. More of my work can be seen on my website: www.cheriewestmoreland.com and on Facebook Cherie Westmoreland Designs and Instagram.