Producing functional work is a practice of honing skill/craftsmanship, all the while gaining understanding of material response and outcome. It provides the ultimate mindfulness I crave in working, as well as infusing a representation of the self in an object of use. Precious objects in the home have personal histories, attachments we create with them. They link themselves to our memories of time and place. The handmade embodies qualities of life which I believe expands upon our ability to appreciate human connections.