During childhood on my family‚Äôs organic farm, daily interactions with plants and animals created a sense of wonder and connection to the landscape. My current work references this personal experience while responding to a human desire for closeness to the natural environment represented by animals. In my practice, I sculpt figurative animals integrated with vessels to create symbiotic forms intended to enter the domestic space. Each animal is presented in a position of honor and integrity, aiming to invoke an introspective response while the corresponding vessel invites human interaction. Using porcelain and stoneware, each piece is wheel thrown, altered, sculpted and carved. Firing in both electric and wood kilns, I attempt to accentuate qualities of preciousness through glaze application or spontaneity of ash and flame.