I had some experiences using clay back in high school but never on the wheel. My friend Glenn Schlikas was much better with clay than I was so I was always playing catch up with him. For one project he made a Rocketeer sculpture complete with a billowing smoke base. I think he remade that whole piece 4 times in the same amount of time it took me to make my little alien head. At the end of our senior year we collaborated on a large 8 foot tall (was it taller?) clay sculpture that we then cast in fiberglass. It was the senior class gift. We had a love/hate relationship with it and nicknamed it “The Torch Monster” because it was topped off with a hand holding a torch to mirror the Statue of Liberty. I sometimes wonder if it is still there, but I haven’t been back inside the school to see.