I came to ceramics from a sculpture background having worked with a variety of materials including wood, marble, and steel. As I began to explore my ideas through clay, I became increasingly engaged with the history and tradition of ceramics. These two sensibilities are evident in my work. Inspired by autobiographical experiences, I use symbolism and metaphor to convey ideas of duality and/or struggle expressed formally through the relationships between inside and out, surface and form, organic and geometric. The result can be seen as decorative or disfiguring, beautiful or grotesque. I derive much of my imagery from my immediate environment situating the work in my current place and time.