I believe in hope and second chances, that despite our marks, visible and invisible we all have beauty and value. My work acknowledges both the unpredictable and unexpected nature of life’s events and conveys the possibilities of hope and transformation. Each piece is thrown in earthenware, altered and distorted - accidental marks and imperfections are encouraged. I decorate the pieces with abstract marks using a combination of materials including slips, underglazes and oxides. Partially glazed, and fired several times, I add gilt to the fired surface. The gilt references the ancient Japanese art of “Kintsugi” in which a treasured pot, if broken, can be repaired using gold. This is a much loved metaphor for our own lives - a reminder to stay hopeful when things fall apart and to celebrate the flaws and missteps of life.