Play is a serious part of my studio practice. Arranging formal elements excites and motivates me to get to the studio each day. I shift lines in space and attempt to create balance and contrast, while considering touch and its unique role in functional pottery. Throughout history we find similarities in form and surface embellishments of vessels that not only perform, but give importance to certain actions. I draw inspiration from those similarities found in works created by dissociated cultures and the shared human impulse to poke a lump of clay.