I trained originally as a painter but was drawn to ceramics by the beautiful surfaces one finds on pots. I often included ceramic components—plates with texts and images on them—in installations of paintings. Now I turn the tables, painting on pots. I often paint the view from my back porch, with its older houses, modern apartments, telephone poles and surrounding mountains. I also take pots out into the country to paint plein air views of mountains, rivers and water meadows.Since earliest times, potters have painted images of the land on their pots, making connections between the earth and the clay from which the pots are made and between space depicted and space contained. My pots follow in this tradition.