Cup, 2010. Earthenware, slip, toner resist transfer, glaze. 4 x 4 x 4 in.
There is a small irony in asking functional potters to comment on the use of something many of us try to avoid.
Heart Teapot: Hostage/Metamorphosis IV, 2006, from the Yixing Series. Stoneware, lustre. 7x12x6m. Collection of the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
In 1966, when was graduating from high school on the south side of Chicago  and headed for the Kansas City Art Institute, I remember telling my friends and classmates - quite unabashedly - that my goal was to become as famous as Pablo Picasso.
Animal Bowl, "Paul", 2009. Anagama-fired dark stoneware. 7 X 14 x 10 in.
A language teacher once told me that in order to learn a new word you have to forget it five times. What I love about this statement is the idea that forgetting is integral to learning, an inseparable part of the journey to acquire knowledge.