In the middle of the night I dreamt about that big bowl. I had turned it into a serving tray that was a large frozen pond. I went off to the store the next day and bought it. Once I had it home I sanded all of the lacquer off so that I could apply papier-mache to the surface and have it stick. An Eco friendly item that has seen better days is now being transformed into something totally new. I like to reuse items and it has had nothing to do with recycling. It may be the shape, colour, or a single part of the item that I find inspiring. I then start to make the idea that I have in my mind. I generally do not draw the finished item unless it is crucial to the construction. Working this way sets problems and obstacles in my design path. I much prefer to work this way for two reasons; it never gets boring and it makes me come up with ideas I would never have thought of otherwise.