This piece, my first figurative work of any note in my entire ceramics career represents huge marginal expansions of my knowledge of clay and its material properties. Seen here in the snowy white of the bisque firing it is also pure and free of any material except for clay. So too my own image, seen in this body cast bust is pure and in good standing and calls upon the lineage of my forebears both in appearance and temperament. Whether by nature or nurture the influences of the men to be displayed along with this bust have all had their effect on me and how I perceive myself with respect to those from whom I descend and currently surround myself with. Truly, the people of my origins shape my identity.