Each piece I make starts with a story I feel I must tell. I steep myself in research and create many preliminary sketches before I decide on how a particular story is to be told. While dialog in theater may seem to be a more traditional way to tell a story, I have been reinforcing those stories with the elements of design in costume, sets and lights throughout my career as a production designer. When I began my relationship with clay, ten years ago, something changed. A lifetime of emotions I had bottled away poured into it and I suddenly found I had hundreds of my own stories to tell; my trauma as a domestic violence survivor, my frustration as a single mom of three, my desperation watching the mass extinction of species as well as moments of happiness, love and joy. Clay itself is such a wonderful material to tell those stories in, itself ancient and endlessly malleable. I love working in it.