If we are to sustain our lives and the lives of our children's, children's, children, we must promote a deeper understanding of ecology of people and place. How are we connected with each other, with other animals and plants, with out surroundings? What are the ramifications of our choices? Are we in the midst of a cycle of careless stewardship of living systems that sustain us – or are we entering a new era of hope? Alice Ballard's exquisite ceramics of 'natural objects' illustrate, by her hands, the fact that we are a part of and not apart from nature. If we understand that – we cannot escape our responsibility to use our hands wisely.
Van W Shields
Director, Culture & Heritage Museums