I started throwing in 2008 in the Arts and Craft Center at the University of Florida. It didn't take me long to learn that pottery is the only thing in this world that I can do while thinking about nothing else at the same time. It represents my yoga, my long distance run, my video game, my kitchen, whatever it is you do to stay sane and happy, that's pottery to me and I hope that it shows in my work.
I believe that to be a potter you must have a respect for the amount of control we have in the world. That is to say, you can't control everything but the more you practice the better you get at achieving your goals. My pieces never turn out exactly as I expect them to and this has changed my perception of expectations. Each is unique, each has its quirks or zen marks as my pottery instructor and friend Mary Ann used to tell me. Moving past these "flaws" and accepting them as the fate of that particular piece brings inner peace and helps display the true beauty of handmade art.