The comfort of clay helps me cope with uncomfortable experiences in my life. I use the familiar, tactile experience of clay to fight against the exceedingly intrusive thoughts that plague my mind. By using the intimacy of clay and the slow meticulous process of handbuilding, I am free to find focus and mental clarity to change the narrative my mind creates. This repetitive process of making transforms disorganized and chaotic thoughts into cohesion. To release the tension held in my body I transfer my obsessive thoughts to an obsessive, tactile experience. By purposefully leaving marks made when building I am paralleling the malleability of clay with the malleability of my mind. Ranging from unfired sculpture to functional pottery, 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 undesirable experiences.