My work has a solid foundation in material and process. I am drawn to the color, texture, and feel of clay. Clays ability to be soft and record marks and movement while also transforming into a hard stone-like material vulnerable to cracks and breakage. I derive my conceptual ideas from environmental and political landscapes and respond to my surrounding in whichever setting I find myself in, both physically and mentally. I have researched and developed my technique, in which I use dry powdered clays formed into molds then fired to peak temperature to ensure a solid object. During this process the clay is allowed to respond to the heat and stress of the kiln to create fractures and surface texture. I see this way of working as cyclical and returning to the bare essentials of art-making and finding the essence of the material and its structure.