Robin explains her attraction to clay as "the physicality and immediacy, the inherent contradiction of working with clay in its different forms. Wet clay is extremely impressionable, malleable. It will assume almost any shape and can reveal your desires. Only during the firing process does clay develop a will of its own, a will to which all clay artists must bow. The heat of the kiln takes our passion, our ideas, our vision, and reshapes it all. Sometimes the result raises us to a new level of creativity, and other times it's a catapult into the abyss. I am in awe of this process whether the end result is a humble piece of tableware or a reference to man's first building material. Both are civilizing. Each time I come back to the studio I experience a sense of wonder and renewal. Each piece of clay is a new beginning. Each firing is a tempering. Each trip through this cycle brings contentment - at least, for me."
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