STATEMENT by Laurie Anderson Hennig At the heart of artistic action is a spark of creativity. Then imagining awakens as recognition unfolds through the process of doing. Inspiration arrives in subtle ways. Currently, gifts from the natural world create that sense of possibility that initiates my artistic activity. Often what gets my attention is a small object or maybe just a piece of something bigger. By changing the scale of these objects they become symbols that represent the importance of all the parts of our world. I work with stoneware clay, interacting with the other elements of water and fire. Applications of slips, oxides, stains and glazes reinforce a sense of stone when the object is fired to 2400 degrees. Dan Hennig has been my greatest influence, but the impact of working with Daniel Rhodes and the influence of his rocky surfaces and an affinity with Georgia O’Keefe combine in the creation of my work.