"I started my ceramics practice 20 years ago while training in Mental Health Counseling. Dealing with painful trauma, the darker side of the human spectrum, compelled me to further engage in the meditative and therapeutic process of making wheel thrown functional ceramic pottery, simple forms for use on the table/in the home. I was introduced to wood firing and clay at the same time. The mystery and mastery of the wood firing process, forces me to deal with multiple issues, chance results, community engagement, inevitable frustrations and painfully slow learning of the path of the flame through a stack. Through this process of learning and growth, we are blessed, sometimes, with the flash of the flame and ash drips on pots, and always, with the interaction of the elements of earth, air, fire, water and community."