One of my favorite things to do is to impress clay with a short piece of rope. The technique is an old one — about 10,000 years – which the ancient Jomon culture of Japan used on their own pots. It seems like a natural enough thing to do, since "cords," which is a more accurate description, were an everyday necessity back then. These days we still use a lot of rope, especially in the fishing industry around were I live. I like to think that somehow I'm continuing this long tradition in my own work.