I make thrown and altered vessels from white earthenware clay that represent a ‘life story’. I decorate the surface using coloured slips, oxides and underglazes adding indentations, randomly applied glaze and gilt to the surface. Influenced by years of pastoral work and counselling each process symbolizes the significant events we encounter and acknowledges the lasting impact they can have. I add gilt to reference the restoring of a broken pot with gold. This much-loved metaphor is a reminder to stay hopeful when things fall apart and to celebrate what we overcome.