Since the late 1980’s I have been making large-scale, monolithic, vertical sculptures. They have a base and orient themselves in space the same way a pot or person would, and in many cases there is at least a loose reference to both. I have been primarily concerned with resolving these complex forms in space on a formal level and at the same time trying to reveal an expressive interaction with the material. Over time I have introduced a larger color palette into the series, in addition to traditional wood-fired effects. The goal has been to create pieces that have a strong physical presence which reflect with my physical and intellectual processes. I want the pieces to dynamically engage the space around them as well as the viewer, and to reveal the complexity and beauty of the material. The most recent pieces are more expressive and show the physicality of the material more dramatically.