There’s something about touching the clay and . . . “click” . . . there’s my thumbprint. I have now recorded my existence in the mud, and I can fire it and it’s gonna last forever. . . . But you still rely on the gods because you’re never sure what it’s gonna look like when you open the kiln door.
Robert Arneson, in Chris Felver, California Clay in the Rockies (San Francisco: Kanopy Streaming & MVD Entertainment Group, 1983), video.