The natural world provides a potential treasure chest of patterns and textures that can be produced from objects such as shells, leaves, seed pods and tree bark when impressed into clay. I am fascinated by the variety of patterns that can be produced, sometimes from using a single fir cone segment.

A walk through the woods can often result in finding an unusually shaped fragment of bark or perhaps a leaf that I can use to press into damp clay to make a copy. This will ensure that I still have leaf shapes to use in the Winter when the trees have shed their leaves.