I have been working with clay for over ten years, and keeping fresh eyes on traditional patterns and shapes has been what keeps me fascinated. I love decorating and find it very exciting to merge and make multicultural patterns and find new ways of expressing them. In my work, you will see the influence of Folk Art patterns such as New England blue ware as well as Dutch, Mexican, and Turkish styles of decoration. However, the way I often work with clay is spontaneous. While I am inspired and informed by those styles and traditions, as soon as my brush presses against the pot, it will often make its own pattern. My shapes are often simple: bowls, vases, plates, mugs, and tiles. I wheel-throw all my pots and do slab work to make my tiles. My work is high-fired stoneware and decorated with cobalt blue slip and iron slips, which are basically colored clay. I like working in a shared studio because of the creative stimulation here in Western New York. All my work is dishwasher-safe and safe for food use.