Gail Ritchie is one among the many great artists who will be exhibited at the Ceramics Annual of America 2012. Ritchie says that she enjoys “the challenge of manipulating clay into inanimate objects.” Her work is influenced by nature and her upbringing in New England. For this reason, her ceramic sculpture often incorporates birds or the bark of paper birch. She claims that she is most comfortable with a paint brush in hand, her ceramic works becoming her canvas. Her work is both amusing and surprising, a true sight to behold.