During my artist residency in China I changed the way I work. While my previous pieces mostly used white unglazed porcelain, I now experiment with layers of slips, oxides, glazes, decals, and gold luster. I like the depth my work gains by adding these details. China is a country deeply immersed in tradition, and symbolism is a vital part of it. The Chinese decals used here represent some of these symbols like the plum flower, bamboo, chrysanthemum, and fish. The hand built “lines” represent water but also remind of rice fields seen from above. These are the first in a series I call Fabrics of Life.