Some of my fondest memories growing up are of friends and family gathering around a meal. Both my mother and grandmother had beautiful "china cabinets" filled with fine porcelain pottery only used for special occasions. I recall the sound of dishes rattling when myself, siblings, or friends would accidentally "bump" the cabinets while playing. A moment of stillness followed as I listened to make sure nothing had broken. I use functional pottery as a means to encourage these important moments to occur, taking the "preciousness" of porcelain from the occasional to everyday. My clay bodies start with porcelain, and I then blend in various other clays to help encourage the color and ash glaze achieved through the wood firing process.