Settings affect the way I feel, think and act and I am constantly observing the makeup and construction of the area around me. This continual reflection was at first subconscious but now it has permeated into my work. No matter the media, I highly consider the sense of place: the mood, the architecture or the relationships of objects within the space; also trying to keep in mind or even harness my own predispositions. I find myself gravitating towards representing spiritual and personal locations because I want to share and make others understand the emotional connection between a spiritual setting and myself. I work through functional ceramics because of the intimate connection between the vessel, the context and the user. Just as I am emotionally touched by a space, a functional vessel bring it to another level where the user touches and holds the object close to the body while also interacting with is visually. The viewer is drawn in by the usefulness of the form and then the energetic and pointed patterning on the form is used to make commentary about the spiritual place, drawing from my own personal experiences and discomforts. I draw the viewer to the work and then once the viewer is closer they see the multiple layers that build and construct a space.