My studio was originally a cow milking barn built in the early 1900's. It sits behind our house, of the same era, and overlooks large corn and hay fields. The fields are in a constant state of change, going from plowed earth, to lush growth, to bare stubble, to the vastness of winter. This rural setting makes it way into my pots. The various textures, colors, and lines that make up my surroundings become surface treatments, glaze combinations and cut outs. My process as a studio potter expresses a cycle of making and firing framed by daily family life. I fire my kiln several times per year and invite a few potter friends to participate. In exchange for space in the kiln, they share in the work of preparing the wood (chain-sawing, chopping, stacking), loading the kiln, firing round the clock for 30-36 hours and clean up afterwards. Each firing informs and guides the next series of pots.