SHAPE: The monsters are hand-shaped, usually on the wheel, and then altered. Flat trays start off as rings; others get tossed sideways on a slab until the surface cracks. Bowls are hung upside down, surfaces are raked, carved, pinched… Ming’s fingermarks can be found on every monster. Each one is created individually and entirely by hand until her own personality appears.
FIRE: The spirit of each monster appears in the kiln. Ming fires most of his work in wood kilns, which require constant feeding. The flames and smoke and ash all work together to paint the pots with color and texture. This is where the monsters become themselves, and begin to glow. (For more on wood kiln firing, read on below!)
NAME: Every monster gets one. Look for yours.