Artist Statement | As a native of the area I know the importance of place, the impact of geography. I am acutely aware of the great blessing of living in Northern Michigan, a place where one can still breathe the air, drink the water, and walk the land among maple and beech on the way to swim the big lake or snowshoe a cedar swamp. My work reflects my respect for the natural world; my attraction to mud, water, air and fire is an extension. Observation of November seedpods, dry leaves and twig patterns are reflected in a carved casserole; April thunderstorms or swimming in August inspires chemical exploration to create corresponding blue glazes. I hand throw each piece plein air. My kick wheel sits on the front porch of my shop, facing the garden. Hummingbirds are frequent visitors, and a breeze from Lake Leelanau at the end of the road air-dries clay quickly during the summer months. Throwing outside dictates attunement to weather patterns, and throwing on a kick wheel dictates organic form; there is no machined perfection. I like the intimacy of daily functionality and the idea of my hands shaping clay to reflect my peninsula home– a reflection that happens to hold coffee as well.