Creating ceramic sculpture is a dynamic process. What was essentially mud has the ability to be transformed through sculpting, firing, and glazing into a permanent piece that will exist long after I am gone. This transformation of malleable clay to a stone-like sculpture directly relates to the healing process I experience while creating my art: each piece brings a clearer understanding of self that is stronger and more permanent than the previous version. Clay also allows me to articulate isolating thoughts and feelings into a tangible object that creates a dialogue with others. I am perpetually surprised and comforted to learn that my own hopes and fears aren’t all that unique. -L.E.S.