"The Windgate Fellowship will enable me to research the soil and clay geology of California and contextualize my work using local clays within the state’s craft traditions. I will explore raw material economies, ecological design, sustainable living systems, place-based materials, and land use, and how these ideas apply to making craft objects. This research will occur within two distinct landscapes: the Mojave Desert and the South Central Coast. In the Mojave, I will work with Andrea Zittel’s Studio at A-Z West and the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s Desert Research Station. I will then move to a piece of family-owned land dormant for generations in Templeton, CA, where I will set up a clay and dye studio in an existing structure and begin using material from the large clay deposit on site. While in Templeton, I will study with Dr. Cristina Lazcano and Dr. Gordon Rees at the Department of Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to develop a deep understanding of the ecology and geology of the land. This will allow me to establish a site-specific studio practice grounded in ecological design principles, knowledge of local clay geology, and sustainable craft. My fellowship will culminate with a series of lectures, workshops, and exhibitions that deliver my research and work on place-based ceramics to the craft field. The events will occur at Cal Poly, NCECA, California College of the Arts and Mills College."