Clay is one molecule of Alumina, two molecules of Silica and two molecules of water. Alterations create a clay body that achieve the results I look for to build sculpture and functional structures. The most intriguing characteristic of clay, in my opinion, is the way it performs when ripped apart, poked through, and pushed around. The textures of clay layers are left exposed while creating a structure. Seams must be connected and built strong, leaving deckled edges and cracks untouched. The beauty of nature's own gems and minerals often find a place in my work. Their color and design are what inspires me. Raku firing adds another exciting surface of crackle and luster. With Andres Montenegro's guidance, potters fire their work quickly, teaching us ways to bring color and carbon together. I continue to learn new techniques to create new ideas and appreciate this opportunity to reveal what I've learned so far on my journey.