When I design a pot, my first consideration is functionality: how it will be used, what will make it satisfying to use, what design features will make it give good service. My second consideration is aesthetic: what will make the piece pleasing to touch, to hold, to look at, to eat out of; what will give enduring interest, delight, and satisfaction to the user. One of the reasons I continue to use high-temperature reduction firing is that the glazes can give so many different surface and color effects. When I decorate a surface, I find that the landscape around me is what enters my mind; the fields, the hills, the trees, the grasses—particularly the grasses. As the prairie species that we planted around our house grow up and fill in, I am drawn to them, and want to reference them on the surface of my pots.