I love Ballard's sculptures. They are so gentle yet so demanding of the viewer's attention. Ballard works interestingly as well. She uses a lot of molds to create the basic structure of her forms and then layers on the gorgeous texture by hand. I won't even try to speculate how she creates the surface treatment. Is it glaze or oxides or what? Whatever it is, it's stunning.
(images via artist's own website; portrait via Francis Marion University)