I like clay. I liked it as a small child. I enjoy preparing, throwing, trimming, making handles and firing clay. Clay is both strong and malleable; it's the perfect material to make functional ware to be handled every day. I focus on soda firing pottery because the process accentuates both the qualities of bare clay and the flame path. I can emphasize rather than mask the marks my hands make throwing vessels and pulling handles. Making pots clears my head of background worry or static as I'm too absorbed in design considerations to think about anything else.