After 37 years working with clay, attempting to express something personal still challenges and therefore engages me. In 2005, the surfaces of my pots took on illustrated characters and began to tell stories through those illustrations. In 2008, those stories became 3-D as I began exploring narratives through sculpted animal figures. Both of these developments came as a surprise to me. But then, that’s just it… an openness to compelling impulses has been and continues to be my guide. With that in mind, I consciously effort to stay present in my studio. I don’t make art by entering my studio ‘knowing’, rather with a disciplined commitment to ‘not knowing’. This leaves a lot of room for experimentation, failure and profound gratitude.