Much like the philosophy of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, a beautiful pot encourages a person to slow down and notice the subtleties of the experience; the way the dish feels in the hand or against the mouth, the way it sounds against the spoon. In this way, I try to make pottery that enhances the presentation of a meal, elevating it to a greater sensual experience. I also create figurative sculpture, or Spirit Vessels. I use the female figure as a vessel, or shell, to express the soul’s immortality and humanity’s connection to the Earth. The shell is a defined space where the body meets its environment, invoking the concept of the fundamental transfer of energy between man and nature.