My work is heavily influenced by the natural places I immerse myself in. In each of these places wind, water, rock, and wood converge in distinct ways to form unique landscapes. Living things mingle on these landscapes, each constrained by the forces of nature. Working with clay, and particularly wood firing, allows me a satisfying connection to these processes. Encapsulated in a cup are the geological processes that form the clay, the cultural influences that provide form and function, and a personal touch that brings it to life, All of this is a reminder that objects and moments do not stand alone but are connections to all that has come before.