I love experimenting with new materials to add to my glazes. In 1983, I was walking along the beach at Lake Michigan and I scooped up a handful of rich, black Michigan sand. I brought a small container home and used it to make one-of-a-kind souvenirs—mugs, bowls, and pots speckled with sand that turned from red to black where the sand pooled, every piece unique in the way the sand oated in the glaze. I love the randomness of this glaze and that there’s a real piece of Michigan in every pot.