Ceramics has the creative immediacy like nothing else I have ever tried. It began in college and now anywhere I live, I always join the nearby communal ceramics studio; I'm currently at the Potter's Studio in Berkeley. Occasionally I plan out what I'm going to make with CAD models and rendering (as shown on the left). However, more often than not, I use ceramics as a tool to just see where creativity takes me. Clay always teaches me something, usually color, texture, and the flexibility of form. But more than anything it teaches me the power of letting go. If you hold on too tight and don't flow with your material it will fall apart right there in your hands. Working in ceramics always has a direct message related to design and making.. but whenever I look I find a fascinating metaphor that helps me do more and see clearer.