"It was at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology that I first encountered ceramics from South America, including the amazing examples made by the Nazca people [who lived in southern Peru, between 100 BCE and 800 CE]. I knew nothing about Peruvian culture then and was intrigued. These were the first ceramics I had seen that truly combined strong forms with artistic surface decoration. The later, Inca, pieces surprised me too. Like the ceramics produced by the Inca people, my pots are burnished (smoothed and polished) before they are fired."