Handmade objects intended for daily use are reflections and often celebrations of how we live, what we need and enjoy using to make ourselves comfortable. These objects define and enliven our routines. In my studio, the challenge, objective and adventure are to make spirited and beautiful pieces to that end. I make pots to be poured or served from, mixed in, baked in, holding flowers, containing, and drinking, whether it’s a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. I make multiples of a form with variation through altering and surface treatment. Forms are cut apart and reconstructed or reshaped so seams and separate sections allow the juxtaposition of surface patterns. The distant contour of a mountain ridge might inform the rim of a pot, while the striping of agricultural fields, or the block and circular patterns seen from the sky while flying might feed the composition of the surface. Patterning is often inspired by the gesture of growing plants, the garden, or landscape. Each group of forms create their own studio landscape and each kiln load records a block of time through objects. Like gardening, we track seasons with physical evidence.