I find exquisite beauty and intimacy in functional objects. For many years, thrown vessels were a primary means of artistic expression. Even now, throwing consistently generates new ideas and moments of curiosity. Although I am currently more focused on creating sculptural work, vessels have been (and probably always will be) my stepping stones. I am challenged by creating utilitarian wares that have controlled form combined with soft line. Sometimes my wheel work forms are altered using splitting, splicing, and faceting techniques. I usually use simple glaze methods to enhance my functional pieces; wood firing often provides understated yet nuanced coloration.