The spidery veins of a leafy green or the rugged scars from a fallen tree- like fossils, the permanence of stoneware gives a lasting impression to ephemeral objects and fleeting moments. It is a love of nature that led me to clay and continues to influence the form, function and decoration of my stoneware pottery. I am inspired by the functional and emotional roles that baskets have played throughout history. Baskets have been used to gather, store and serve food, collect eggs, snare fish and cradle babies. They have also been the repository of hopes, dreams, and prayers. My stoneware baskets honor both of these aspects fusing compelling textures from sentimental found objects with functional versatility to serve food, display flowers, or store treasures. After more than a decade of creating hand built and wheel thrown pottery I still love the challenge of taking a soft lump of clay and creating art of permanence and beauty. Seeing it used with purpose completes the gesture.