The interaction between my life and my art is very physical, and often my work is designed to be functional so that interaction can continue with the finished form. I am drawn to the tactile dialogue between the clay and my fingers, and I become intimate with the clay as I hand-shape it into its final form. That relationship is furthered through my impressing patterns and designs into the surfaces of my pieces, creating a visual and textural narrative, which gives each piece a unique voice. I incorporate symbols and patterns that link to my ancestral past: the sun, spirals, plants, flowers and animals, and the forms I build are inspired by my memories or emotional ties. I strive to create work which will inspire the viewer/user to create their own unique connection with each piece through everyday use.