First of all, images and ideas are collected in sketchbooks. Then, with the clay rolled out in front of me, I start to play. I might begin with a block of colour then introduce an area of decoration that moves across the surface breaking out of one area and travelling around what will become a 3 dimensional piece. Like a painter, I work over the surface until it appears to be 'right'. When the work is constructed I get a surprise, hopefully a good one, and the composition that felt right as a flat plane does something new when it becomes a vessel.