During childhood on my family’s organic farm, daily interactions with plants and animals caused a sense of wonder and connection to the landscape. My current work references this personal story while responding to a human desire for immersion with the natural environment through the witnessed experience of animals. In my practice, I sculpt realistic animals who correspond and integrate into vessels and altered forms. Each animal is presented in a position of honor and integrity, aiming to invoke an introspective response while the corresponding vessel serves as a stage and 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.