My practice has always been heavily influenced by my interest in traditional cultures use of clay. While much of the current ceramic dialogue has referenced the traditions Europe and Asia, I have been drawn to the ceramic works of Africa and the Americas. I enjoy exploring methods to push the range of surface a burnished piece can hold. Some of the forms I am currently exploring are exercises in silhouette and negative space. These pieces focus on the relationship between the fire on the burnished surface and the simplified silhouette of these pieces.