Individual pieces, modest in scale, are at the heart of my work. I concentrate on unobtrusively conveying a sense of liveliness (as in the mystery and experience of being alive). To my mind, the best pots are both understated and lively, and seem both new and old at the same time. They make themselves useful. The majority of my pieces are woodfired in a kiln I designed and built with my own hands in 2001. A new larger wood kiln is in the planning stages now. The wood-fired work is complemented by Tiny Plate World Headquarters, my wheel-thrown and hand-painted tiny plates. In the early days of the pandemic (May 2020) I embarked on a research project of New Mexico wild clays. This research is ongoing and has taken an increasingly prominent role in my practice.