My pieces are all hand built ceramic vessels, constructed from the bottom up, layer by layer, pinching and smoothing on long narrow coils of clay. As it builds up I continue to smooth the surface and consider the form. I usually have only a general idea of what I want in the form when I begin. As the shape develops, I recognize what feels right for the piece and I work to further that quality. This technique gives me lots of room to play , experiment & surprise myself. I tend not to overly define the form so there’s a lot of space for the image to arise in the painting of a figure. If every detail were put down in the clay, then the decorative process would be more like filling in a coloring book versus painting an open canvas. When I grab a chunk of clay, there’s nothing predetermined. Sometimes in the middle of building a piece, a new inspiration will strike, and I’ll head off in a new direction.