“I see clay as inventive. It’s a rich medium that offers a generous and tireless play of possibilities. Clay allows expression of the whimsical and the symbolic. Sometimes simultaneously.” Each piece is fired to cone 04 and is made by a technique of altering wheel-thrown shapes. Then additions of hand-built earthenware clay forms are attached to form legs, tail and other details of the animal. The sculpting of the clay is done almost entirely by hand, using modest tools and the potters' wheel. Surface decoration is achieved when textural marks are infused with layering of engobes, slip, and commercial underglazes. Many different brush sizes are used to achieve the varied surface treatments. Each piece is unique, and one of a kind. Amy Goldstein-Rice is a native of Spartanburg, SC. She received her BA degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and studied ceramics with a number of established artists at well known arts and crafts schools; Rising Fawn Pottery Workshop, Penland School of Crafts, and Arrowmont School of Craft. She is a featured instructor and artist-in-residence in many educational venues. Her work is exhibited in galleries, museums, arts centers, colleges, and corporate collections throughout the southeast.