||This body of work is the result of exploring new directions. The desire to push and to open myself to new information has always been my driving force. Making these forms required me to work and think about clay in a different way, building on my vocabulary with the material. Producing this series made me stretch and exercise the creative process of coming up with and executing new ideas. There were many starts and stops solving the technical problems that arose. Rather than looking at these issues as stumbling blocks, I chose to look at them as stepping stones that could help lift me and my work to a higher plateau. By combining tools and techniques that I have accumulated with experimentation and intuition, I was able to produce a body of work showing an evolution of my ideas.