In my professional life, I'm a wildlife biologist, but I’m a passionate ceramic artist on the side. I create functional objects using the ancient Japanese technique of Raku. My blog is devoted to creative musings about my work in clay and the many inspirations for my designs… as well as documentation of the complex, maddening, and invigorating process of creating honest works of art. I’ve written about Raku firing and wheel-thrown pottery techniques, wilderness travel and canoeing, mythology, endangered species conservation, the writings of C.S. Lewis, music (I’m also an amateur Irish musician), my research in Ecuador and abroad, … a host of things. Through it all, however, I’m trying to convey 1) my love for art, and my fascination with the creative process, 2) my love for the natural world- especially wild places- and its expression in art and literature.