I often say that my inspiration comes from nature. It is true that I have pressed leaves and flowers adorning my walls and smooth rubbing stones waiting in pockets but when I sit down to design, I don't grab the stone. I don't stare at the pressed Buddleia Davidii. But the shape, colors, sounds, smells of nature make their way in nonetheless. Recently I took a trip to Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound and was captivated by the accumulation of snow on the sand dunes. I have also been interested in the color and shape of trees in my ceramic work. It was no surprise then to see a snow covered tree masquerading as a dress pattern on my black cutting table.