I grew up helping my parents grow food in the rich red clay soil of Virginia and exploring the fields and forest of our property on the Potomac River. It seems a natural progression that I now work in a craft that uses the same raw materials needed to grow food in order to make objects used to serve it. My primary construction tools are the wheel and slab roller. I often throw pieces on the wheel that will be altered and combined with other parts to create more complex forms. I also produce slab plates and dishes using handmade hump and slump molds. The pots are decorated with flora and fauna observed while hiking, foraging, and studying field guides. All the vessels are functional and intended to add joy and beauty to the everyday ritual of eating and drinking with others.