Update, Spring 1996, from Rosemary Wren

Potters thrive on challenges. I have been looking for a way of continuing to make my familiar creatures, using the simplified shapes evolved over the years but concentrating on the natural decorative qualites of clay. For many years the hollow shapes have been built up from flattened strips worked into sculptural shapes carefully smoothed to take incised and painted decoration.

Now I am using rolled-out coils that are round and fat, worked into patterns as the shape is constructed. Once in place, careful pressing will join them without loosing their freshness -- clay is soon over-worked. I was taught to handle clay like this by my mother, Denise Wren, when I was four years old -- seventy years ago! Little flat spirals turned into snails with enquiring eyes on stalks -- my first creatures in clay.