Dustin Fowler and I have spent the first few days of our residency at the Slow Working Institute for Pragmatic Expressionism (SWIPE) working on gathering and processing local Tasmanian materials for the upcoming firing. Ben Richardson, our amazing host, friend and teacher, has done an amazing amount of research with the materials that surround the pottery and has developed a place based making practice that incorporates them into his process at a level that you rarely find these days. It is a passion that both Ben and I share, and it was this interest that initially brought us together in 2006 at the International Woodfire Conference in Flagstaff, AZ.