I started this basket series started while I was working for Sugar Hill Clay in Detroit, Michigan. I was spending a fair amount of time wheel throwing and I knew that I wanted to practice making bigger forms (3-4 pounds of clay, which is a lot for me) but I didn’t want to make regular bowls. The forms should have some structure and also an openness. And I wanted to do something challenging, of course. So I landed on making baskets. I drew the basic outline of what I wanted to carve and then I just went for it. There were a lot of losses at first but I started to get the hang of it eventually.