I recognize an inherent beauty in pots based on their relationship to human need and their potential for making human connections. Their usefulness provides access to the thoughts, processes and pleasures that are part of a day at work in my studio. As a potter, my studio practice is one of inquiry. The questions that direct what I make may become focused or change as a result of different types of information. I look to a range of ceramic traditions from Europe, Asia and the Near East for my understanding of pottery form. Questions and directions arise in considering how pots function in their domestic settings. The making process itself generates possibilities. An unexpected glaze result or the specific way that slip lies over a new form may begin a new investigation.