My relationship to clay is centered around feeling. Wielding the process of using clay as a coping mechanism, I use its familiarity in a fight against overwhelming, unwanted, and intrusive thoughts. The repetitive process of making transforms disorganized and chaotic thoughts into cohesion, allowing me to view things with new clarity. My work ranges from unfired sculpture to functional pottery. By purposefully leaving marks made when building I am equating the malleability of clay with the malleability of my mind. My work is a visual representation of my mind and body working through intrusive and repetitive thoughts. Whether it’s the tactile qualities of clay or an emotional journey I take while making, I’m using clay to cope with unwanted experiences.