Having made pots now for about forty years, I am surprised that it is still both a hopeful and troublesome effort to make a decent pot. The qualities that I search for in my work are fairly straight forward, yet elusive. I am interested in a pot that does its duty well, yet can stand on its own as a visual object. Woodfiring offers the forms a quiet surface that hopefully retains the essence of the clay itself. These pots are not sculpture; they seem to act more like engaging tools than anything else.