When I sit down in the studio to work, I sometimes start by making several mini pieces - pinches of clay that my fingers ponder and play with until a curious detail or shape emerges. I refer to these pieces as ‘palate cleansers.’
In the culinary world, palate cleansers are meant to remove strong flavors from the palate, allowing you to fully savor and assess new flavors. Similarly, these mini pieces help me assess new ideas and neutralize lingering notes of uncertainty as I refine my work.
To prevent myself from overly fussing, I make each piece with no intention of keeping it, yet have a tendency to set aside the forms that just beg for color. The finished pieces are souvenirs of my productivity - bite-sized pieces that helped to feed my formal body of work and studio practice.