Through impulsive making, clay acts as a window to my subconscious, and I infuse that into functional pottery to give common spaces a surreal sense of vitality. I’m deeply inspired by the desert of the southwestern United States, a place that is real and dreamlike at the same time. Observing sculpted cliffs and rolling sand dunes is like visiting the finest museum in the world. I struggle to comprehend their age which stimulates an altered state of cognition. I view my studio practice like a walk down a familiar trail, and my urge to explore pushes me beyond my knowledge. Every mistake is like an unexamined fork in the road and curiosity invites me down the unknown path. A collapsed wall or a firing error adds to the lexicon of possibilities as I find ways to work with unexpected events. Like discovering a new canyon or mountain top, I am the discoverer of form.