I make rocks, it’s what all ceramicists do, we shape clay and fire it, synthetically creating rocks similar to the source of our material. In my recent work I have approached this idea literally, creating sculptural forms inspired by rock formations I have seen in my life. Man-made exposed outcrops along the highway, stone markers in Japan and the sandstone cliffs of Southern Illinois are a few of my inspirations. These forms are anagama fired, the surfaces imparted by flame and ash are reminiscent of weathered stone. The lightly crystallized ash glaze resembles lichens and moss while small un-melted ash deposits are suggestive of the impurities embedded within the minerals. The results are sculptures that celebrate my love of rocks and minerals by emulating their appearance as well as the geological process responsible for their creation.