In order to create pots, that exhibit life and personality, the resources used have to be natural, alive and changing as well. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) materials like this do not come to your mail box neatly packed in plastic bags. So I regularly have to go roaming with my folding spade to uncover new local sources for ashes, clay bodies and slips. Those trips are an totally unexpected site effect of my choice to become a potter and yet, have become one of my favorite potting labors.