Historically, high relief (alto-relievo) ceramic vessels featuring natural elements are created using additive or subtractive processes.  I am engaged in a process I call “pure pinching,” that is, making the goal of my “practice” to be present to the largely intuitive process of growing a vessel out of one piece of clay. I'm registering a meditative moment within a contemplative vessel.  Idea sources primarily from nature, some more abstract than others, influence the genre of each pinching series. Presently a series of Satellites and of Foliage inspired forms challenge my efforts to find equanimity through my work.