For some time now, I have been mistreating clay by making different stoneware bodies work together. The main focus of my work is the clay surface. My work is slab built. I start by laminating the different clay bodies together into a thick slab which is then painted with coloured slip. This slab is then blasted with a heat gun which means the top of the slab is dried out and then when rolled into a thinner slab it can’t stretch as far as the underlying clay so the surface cracks thereby creating the pattern. The work is then constructed from the patterned slab. I only use glaze on the inside of the piece because I don’t want to lose the surface I have worked hard to achieve.