Clay is an elemental part of the earth. Humans have used it for millennia to make bowls and jugs, gods and goddesses, likenesses of animals, and even to build shelters. Working with clay fills me with a deep sense of connection to the earth and to humankind. I am happy to be one in the long line of potters throughout time. I love taking a hunk of mud and creating useful objects from it with my hands. It has taken me years of practice to be able to create different shapes from clay, to be familiar with the use of glazes and the whole process of firing. I continue to feel wonder when something I make turns out as I had hoped, and I am often thrilled with results that are different than my plan. My inspiration comes from nature, from other potters, and from what the clay itself teaches me.