My ceramic work acts as a portrait of the city in which I live. It brings attention to the beauty of the urban landscape, and shows details of daily life that can often be overlooked. I make functional porcelain pieces illustrated with drawings and observations of the local environment. The elements depicted are representative and unique to the local urban landscape, a local can view the illustrations and recognize their city in the landmarks and buildings, yet the images are also vague enough that the non-local can also to relate to the imagery. The muted color palate gives the work an unimposing quality, paired with clean lines and the contrast of glazed and unglazed surfaces the work has a sharp quality to hold the viewers attention. Function brings the viewer in contact with the illustrations giving them a chance to investigate the form, surface, and drawings. The viewer can identify with the scene and create their own narrative and relationship to the illustrations.