Circus personalities and animals provide me with a cast of characters that seems endless. I like the clowns, acrobats and exotic dancers with all their paraphernalia. Using figures as decorative elements of the vase, taking the place of handles in some cases, provides symmetry to the vessel that brings it into the realm of traditional form. I pose the animals and people in ways that suggest motion and follow the rhythm and the feeling of the act they might be engaged in as circus performers.