Hello there! My name is August Brown (they/them) and I live and create in Sioux Falls, South Dakota under the name Embyr Designs. I have always loved working with clay, but really got into it when I took my first serious class with Gerry Punt at Augustana University. He demonstrated how to throw a bowl on an old Lockerbie kickwheel, then cut it in half, much to the shock of everyone in the room. (He does this to show us how even the walls are.) I couldn’t wait to begin. I went home and immediately began watching videos, came in to the studio over the weekend to practice, and haven’t stopped since. Wheel throwing clay is a mesmerizing experience that allows the artist to create beautiful, symmetrical pieces they could never create on their own otherwise. I also hand build and love to make creatures that have one foot in reality and one foot in the imaginary, as well as larger abstract pieces.