Thoughts Wandered is the review of my work produced at Kent State University as a Ceramics Graduate Candidate. Plates, bowls, vases, and cups; this traditional pottery fills the entry way and is the foundation of my ceramic education. As the show continues into the main room, the appearance of tree-like and floral objects seem to grow from the gallery's concrete. Representing natural growth and the relationship between myself and the material of clay, I have titled this series of work Clay Flora. My intention is to capture poetic moments in the building process of these sculptures, pushing the limits of the material and exploit the circular movement of the potter’s wheel. The results leave Clay Flora chattered, twisted, slumped, torn, and bare. Yet another result of pushing material is the revelation born from Clay Flora: reflecting personal life experiences of strength and growth through struggle. I envision these reflections to be continuous in life, a coercive conversation between the clay body and myself.